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Messiaen: Vingt Regards Sur L'Enfant Jesus

Hakon Austbo , Olivier Messiaen , Haakon Austbö Audio CD
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listen  1. 20 Regards sur l'Enfant-Jesus: I. Regard du Pere 8:09Album Only
listen  2. 20 Regards sur l'Enfant-Jesus: II. Regard de I'etoile 3:09$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. 20 Regards sur l'Enfant-Jesus: III. L'echange 3:24$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. 20 Regards sur l'Enfant-Jesus: IV. Regard de la Vierge 5:21$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. 20 Regards sur l'Enfant-Jesus: V. Regard du Fils suer le Fils 8:15Album Only
listen  6. 20 Regards sur l'Enfant-Jesus: VI. Par lui tout a ete fait10:49Album Only
listen  7. 20 Regards sur l'Enfant-Jesus: VII. Regard de la Croix 4:21$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. 20 Regards Sur L'Enfant-Jesus: VIII. Regard Des Hauteurs 2:22$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  9. 20 Regards sur l'Enfant-Jesus: IX. Regard du temps 2:45$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen10. 20 Regards sur l'Enfant-Jesus: X. Regard de I'Esprit de joie 8:49Album Only


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listen  1. 20 Regards sur l'Enfant-Jesus: XI. Premiere communion de la Vierge 7:38$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. 20 Regards sur l'Enfant-Jesus: XII. La parole toute-puissante 2:31$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. 20 Regards Sur L'Enfant-Jesus: XIII. Noel 4:22$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. 20 Regards sur l'Enfant-Jesus: XIV. Regard des Anges 5:08$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. 20 Regards sur l'Enfant-Jesus: XV. Le baiser de I'enfant Jesus14:06Album Only
listen  6. 20 Regards sur l'Enfant-Jesus: XVI. Regard des prophetes des bergers et des mages 3:09$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. 20 Regards Sur L'Enfant-Jesus: XVII. Regard Du Silence 5:36$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. 20 Regards Sur L'Enfant-Jesus: XVIII. Regard De I'Onction Terrible 7:03$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  9. 20 Regards sur l'Enfant-Jesus: XIX. Je dors, mais mon coeur veille11:00Album Only
listen10. 20 Regards sur l'Enfant-Jesus: XX. Regard de I'Eglise d'amour14:35Album Only


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Product Details

  • Performer: Haakon Austbö
  • Composer: Olivier Messiaen
  • Audio CD (September 11, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B0000013Z2
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #324,089 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I like this translation of Twenty Ways of Looking at the Infant Jesus. This exhaustingly long and difficult suite by Messiaen, which expresses his religious dedication with great fervor, is not an easy listen, and is probably best digested a few pieces at a time. But it stands as a masterpiece of 20th-century piano writing, filled with the composer's most extravagant inspirations and an excitingly bold approach to the instrument. You can spend a lot more money to hear the series played by Messian's wife, Yvonne Loriod (Ades 203752), but frankly I think Håkon Austbø plays with a lot more power and color and he is certainly better recorded. --Leslie Gerber

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MESSIAEN: Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jesus by Hakon Austbo

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Messiaen's "Vingt regards..." has been one of my favorite piano works for many years. I had a front-row seat when Mr. Messiaen and his wife, Yvonne Loriod came to Swarthmore College, where Ms. Loriod performed the entire 20-mov't work FROM MEMORY. It was a wonderful experience. However, I never felt that Ms. Loriod expressed the subtlties of the work as well as the RCA recording of the work performed by Peter Serkin. Unfortunately, that recording is not available on CD. Which brings us to this superb performance by Mr. Austbo. I know this work intimately, and Hakon Astubo does a magnificant interpretation of one of the most profound major works for the piano of the 20th century. In the 20 movements of this score virtually every emotion, expression, and compositional element explored (by the late 1940's) was taken into account (and then some). The price of the 2-CD set is also very reasonable. I might also recommend Astubo's 3-CD recording of Messiaen's "Catalog d'oiseaux". It is equally remarkable. Enjoy!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Naxos triumph December 17, 2000
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This is very refined playing. The range of pianistic colors are huge, and Austbo plays with a lot of dedication. Of course, this isn't easy listening music, but the more adventurous listeners will be highly rewarded by this extraordinary fascinating, rich and varied score. Austbo won a Norwegian Grammy for this performance - and for good reason. Don't let the price/label tempt you to think there's something "cheap" about this performance - it's highly authorative and one of the jewels in the Naxos catalogue. Recorded sound is first-rate. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best versions available! December 24, 2005
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This is a superb reading of this immense cycle of difficult but otherworldly-beautiful music. I listen to this every Christmas Eve...it's my favorite Christmas music by far. I equate this cycle with the tremendous "Turangalila Symphony" of Messiaen, in that the large number of movements have recurring motifs and conceptual seedlings that germinate from movement to movement, binding the whole together in a majestic, cosmic conception very much appropriate to the subjects. The depth of feeling, from tender mystery to ecstatic joy are rendered with matchless perfection in this recording. Highly recommended!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply compelling into the realm of impassioned spirit January 15, 2002
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Austbo has Yvonne Loriod and her pupil Pierre Aimard as contenders for the citadel interpretive realm of spirituality.Yes Aimard is recommended as a centrist reading, no great challenges or interpretive dangers ventured.Yet deeply compelling,as his Ligeti.
In contrast Austbo is quite overwrought at times,summoning(unnecessarily) the organ timbral dimensions, the lower depth octaves. Yet he restrains himself and is deeply compelling,dangerous at times in his interpretive demeanor. Reminds me of John Ogden(who had introduced this work to England in the Sixties) at moments, clean, razor sharp timbre,strident, deeply 'affretando' emotional equal to Loriod, who's performance cannot be considered definitive, simply one interpretation amongst others, "une jour comme une autre".
Austbo is very direct, compelling, engaging, without transgressing the dignity of the work's deep emotive spirtuality,And maintains with vigour, the work's Baroque structural dimensions firmly within grasp. And added to this is able to reflect, and impart the work's myterious transcendental content.
Deep respect for the 'Virgin',is revealed,as in the Fourth Movement "Regard De la Vierge" as well as the subsequent transgressive violence and brutality the work contains. Tenth Movement "Regard de l'Esprit de joie".
Messiaen had virtually reinvented the timbre of the piano, with his now well-known "mystical chords" as the very opening "Regard du Pere".
There are three structural means utilized here.
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