Messiaen: Vingts Regards sur l`Enfant -Jesus
Release April 2023
A music that touches all things without ceasing to touch God’.
– Olivier Messiaen
Olivier Messiaen’s two-and-a-half-hour piano cycle Vingt Regards sur l’enfant-Jésus is one of the most extraordinary and ground-breaking works in twentieth-century piano repertoire, joining such musical Mount Everests as Bach’s Goldberg Variations and the late Sonatas of Beethoven. That such a work was created in 1944 during the German occupation of France, and yet expresses such joy, conviction, love, and hope makes it all the more remarkable.
At more than two hours in length, the work is rarely performed in full. It takes a special kind of performer who has the physical and emotional stamina and focus to undertake such a task for it places immense technical and musical demands on the pianist. One such musicians is Kristoffer Hyldig.
KRISTOFFER HYLDIG is one of Denmark‘s leading pianists, recognized for his musicality and highly personal, sensitive approach. Known for his versatility, he is in demand as a soloist, as well as chamber musician and lied accompanist, and his concerts are often broadcasted on Danish Radio. He is a founding member of Messiaen Quartet Copenhagen, where his work comprises artistic programming as well as closely working with composers, commissioning, and premiering pieces.
Recorded in Vor Frelser’s Church, Copenhagen, during one of the most severe periods during the lock down by producer, recording & balance engineer extraordinaire, Preben Iwan.
Live YouTube video of the whole piece: https://youtu.be/eXuiPo9P6No
Live YouTube video of Vingts Regards XIV. Regard des Anges (Gaze of the angels) https://youtu.be/H0MVsLQONiU
Live YouTube Video of Vingts Regards XV. Le baiser de l’Enfant-Jésus (The Kiss of the Child Jesus)