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Messiaen: Vingt regards sur l'Enfant Jesus / Kars

Release Date: 01/05/2018 
Label:  Piano Classics   Catalog #: 10134  
Composer:  Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Jean-Rodolphe Kars
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In honor of the 25th anniversary of Olivier Messiaen’s death, Piano Classics releases this new album featuring pianist Jean-Rodolphe Kars. Composed in 1944 for Yvonne Loriod, Messiaen’s Vingt regards sur l’Enfant-Jesus is a suite of 20 pieces for solo piano that requires about two hours to perform. The work is a meditation on the infancy of Jesus, and the title translates roughly to “Twenty contemplations on the infant Jesus.” Indian-born Austrian pianist Jean-Rodolphe Kars lives in France, and is a catholic priest in addition to his piano career. He made his concert debut in 1967, and just one year later won first prize at the Concours de Piano Olivier Messiaen. He specializes in performing the works of Messiaen, and credits the spiritual Read more aspects of Messiaen’s music as one of the main factors that led to his conversion to Catholicism. Read less

Works on This Recording

Vingt regards sur l'enfant Jésus by Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Jean-Rodolphe Kars (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; France 

Customer Reviews

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 Probably the best April 7, 2019 By Alan H. (New York, NY) See All My Reviews "First choice this morning of all the critics on Radio France's Tribunal des Critiques de Disques, and everyone in the studio audience, and me, too. Deeply spiritual, technically assured, never rhetorical or routine. Don't miss. (Kars beat Loriod, Beroff, and Helmchen, among others, though neither Aimard nor Osborne was in the array)." Report Abuse
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