Chritopher Taylor : Regard de létoile, Messiaen, Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jésus





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Published on Mar 31, 2009

The remarkable American pianist Christopher Taylor first performed Olivier Messiaens transformative work for solo piano, Vingt Regards sur lEnfant Jésus, at Columbia Universitys Miller Theatre in February 2001. New York Times critic Anthony Tommasini concluded his review with ...his performance was a highlight of the season and already represents an astonishing achievement. And it should only grow deeper as Mr. Taylor lives with the music in the future... Indeed, Christopher Taylor has lived with the music, and played it across the United States and in Europe.

The DVD now available on this web site is an unedited performance of the work from a December 2003 concert at The Angel Orensanz Center for the Arts in the east Village of New York City. In this case unedited means that every note and nuance of the performance is as it was played on that cold December night—but many hours of synchronizing a three-camera television shoot were required to bring what one sees to a finely-tuned artistic whole with what one hears. This DVD is a tour de force. Mr. Taylor has lived up to Anthony Tommasinis prediction in that original Times review that it should only grow deeper as (he) lives with the music... He has now lived with it for some seven years, and in this 100th—anniversary year of Olivier Messiaens birth (2008) he will perform the work in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, Cleveland, San Diego (La Jolla), New York, Washington (Library of Congress), Utahs MOAB Festival, and Chicago to mention but a few musical centers.

As you move to the Order Page of this website you will be treated to a series of quotes drawn from reviews from around the US which will attest to the visionary wisdom of Anthony Tommasinis words.

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