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MESSIAEN: Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jesus

Composer(s):Messiaen, Olivier
Artist(s) Austbo, Hakon, piano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.550829-30
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Review By Classic CD,

"Austbo's gentle intensity catches the music's extraordinary atmosphere... Recommended without reservation"

Review By Classic CD,May 1996

"Several complementary virtues conspire to make this recording by the Norwegian pianist Hakon Austbo by far the most satisfying Vingt regards sur l'enfant Jesus in the current catalogue"

Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Håkan Austbø has excellent credentials in this repertoire. His is an individual view, with a wider range of tempi and dynamic than Loriod. His account of the opening Regard du père and the later Regard du fils sur le fils is paced much more slowly, but his playing has great concentration and evocative feeling so that he readily carries the slower tempo, and in Par lui tout a été fait articulation is bolder, giving the music a stronger profile, helped by the clearer, Naxos digital focus. This is undoubtedly a performance that grips the listener and can be strongly recommended as an alternative view.


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