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"A giant fresco, a kind of odyssey," is Bertrand Chamayou's description of Olivier Messiaen's piano masterwork, Vingt Regards sur L'Enfant-Jésus. Written in 1944, it is a monumental, mystical and iridescent sequence of 20 gazes or contemplations on the infant Jesus. Messiaen once wrote that "The drama of my life is that I have written religious music for an audience that has no faith." Bertrand Chamayou feels that the Vingt Regards "is a mystical rather than a religious experience... It arouses the same kind of awe as walking into a magnificent cathedral or seeing a glorious sunset. You feel that time stops." Chamayou first played the work in 2008, Messiaen's centenary year, but it has been part of his life since he was nine years old. "It was revelation... I think I can say that the Vingt Regards has played a role in shaping the way I play, the sound I produce and my approach as an interpreter." To complement this two-hour landmark of the repertoire, Chamayou has also recorded five short musical tributes to Messiaen, written in the years following his death in 1992. They are by Toru Takemitsu, Tristan Murail, György Kurtág, Jonathan Harvey and Anthony Cheung.
"A giant fresco, a kind of odyssey," is Bertrand Chamayou's description of Olivier Messiaen's piano masterwork, Vingt Regards sur L'Enfant-Jésus. Written in 1944, it is a monumental, mystical and iridescent sequence of 20 gazes or contemplations on the infant Jesus. Messiaen once wrote that "The drama of my life is that I have written religious music for an audience that has no faith." Bertrand Chamayou feels that the Vingt Regards "is a mystical rather than a religious experience... It arouses the same kind of awe as walking into a magnificent cathedral or seeing a glorious sunset. You feel that time stops." Chamayou first played the work in 2008, Messiaen's centenary year, but it has been part of his life since he was nine years old. "It was revelation... I think I can say that the Vingt Regards has played a role in shaping the way I play, the sound I produce and my approach as an interpreter." To complement this two-hour landmark of the repertoire, Chamayou has also recorded five short musical tributes to Messiaen, written in the years following his death in 1992. They are by Toru Takemitsu, Tristan Murail, György Kurtág, Jonathan Harvey and Anthony Cheung.
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Format: CD
Label: ERATO
Rel. Date: 07/15/2022
UPC: 190296196669

Messiaen Vingt Regards Sur L'enfant-Jesus [Digipak]
Artist: Bertrand Chamayou
Format: CD
New: Available $18.98
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DISC: 1

1. Live Ear Emission! "Homage to Olivier Messiaen"
2. Rain Tree Sketch II "In Memoriam Olivier Messiaen"
3. Cloches D'adieu, Et Un Sourire... "In Memoriam Olivier Messiaen"
4. Vingt Regards Sur L'enfant-Jésus: No. 1, Regard Du Père
5. Vingt Regards Sur L'enfant-Jésus: No. 2, Regard de L'étoile
6. Vingt Regards Sur L'enfant-Jésus: No. 3, L'échange
7. Vingt Regards Sur L'enfant-Jésus: No. 4, Regard de la Vierge
8. Vingt Regards Sur L'enfant-Jésus: No. 5, Regard Du Fils Sur Le Fils
9. Vingt Regards Sur L'enfant-Jésus: No. 6, Par Lui Tout a ÉTÉ Fait
10. Vingt Regards Sur L'enfant-Jésus: No. 7, Regard de la Croix
11. Vingt Regards Sur L'enfant-Jésus: No. 8, Regard Des Hauteurs
12. Vingt Regards Sur L'enfant-Jésus: No. 9, Regard Du Temps
13. Vingt Regards Sur L'enfant-Jésus: No. 10, Regard de L'esprit de Joie
14. Vingt Regards Sur L'enfant-Jésus: No. 11, Première Communion de la Vierge
15. Vingt Regards Sur L'enfant-Jésus: No. 12, la Parole Toute Puissante
16. Vingt Regards Sur L'enfant-Jésus: No. 13, Noël
17. Vingt Regards Sur L'enfant-Jésus: No. 14, Regard Des Anges
18. Vingt Regards Sur L'enfant-Jésus: No. 15, Le Baiser de L'enfant-Jésus
19. Vingt Regards Sur L'enfant-Jésus: No. 16, Regard Des Prophètes, Des Bergers Et Des Mages
20. Vingt Regards Sur L'enfant-Jésus: No. 17, Regard Du Silence
21. Vingt Regards Sur L'enfant-Jésus: No. 18, Regard de L'onction Terrible
22. Vingt Regards Sur L'enfant-Jesus: No. 19, Je Dors, Mais Mon Cour Veille
23. Vingt Regards Sur L'enfant-Jésus: No. 20, Regard de L'église D'amour
24. Humble Regard Sur Olivier Messiaen
25. Tombeau de Messiaen for Piano and Digital Audio Tape

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"A giant fresco, a kind of odyssey," is Bertrand Chamayou's description of Olivier Messiaen's piano masterwork, Vingt Regards sur L'Enfant-Jésus. Written in 1944, it is a monumental, mystical and iridescent sequence of 20 gazes or contemplations on the infant Jesus. Messiaen once wrote that "The drama of my life is that I have written religious music for an audience that has no faith." Bertrand Chamayou feels that the Vingt Regards "is a mystical rather than a religious experience... It arouses the same kind of awe as walking into a magnificent cathedral or seeing a glorious sunset. You feel that time stops." Chamayou first played the work in 2008, Messiaen's centenary year, but it has been part of his life since he was nine years old. "It was revelation... I think I can say that the Vingt Regards has played a role in shaping the way I play, the sound I produce and my approach as an interpreter." To complement this two-hour landmark of the repertoire, Chamayou has also recorded five short musical tributes to Messiaen, written in the years following his death in 1992. They are by Toru Takemitsu, Tristan Murail, György Kurtág, Jonathan Harvey and Anthony Cheung.
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