Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus

Peter Hill



  • The results are most absorbing from the first chord of No. 1 where the ‘Theme of God’ seems to unfold with a real sense of timeless wonderment. Hill plays with incredible sensitivity to balance and texture, with luminous clarity and beautifully graded dynamics. Hill’s playing is utterly compelling and he generates a kind of meditative intensity which is something special … Hill is clearly in a class of his own. CD Review
  • There are many wonderful things in the new set, pieces imbued with a genuine sense of awe and majesty, others fined down to the most intimate meditations. Such performances take Messiaen’s music out of the category of special interest and into the centre of the pianistic tradition. Financial Times
  • … a superb traversal of the immortal Vingt Regards. In static-contemplative pieces Hill obtains peerless sublime repose. Hill is my favourite Messiaen pianist. Fanfare

Track listing

  • CD 1
  • 1 Regard du Père
  • 2 Regard de l’étoile
  • 3 L’échange
  • 4 Regard de la Vierge
  • 5 Regard du Fils sur le Fils
  • 6 Par Lui tout a été fait
  • 7 Regard de la Croix
  • 8 Regard des hauteurs
  • 9 Regard du Temps
  • 10 Regard de l’Esprit de joie
  • 11 Première communion de la Vierge
  • CD 2
  • 1 La Parole toute puissante
  • 2 Noël
  • 3 Regard des Anges
  • 4 Le baiser de l’Enfant-Jésus
  • 5 Regard des prophètes, des bergers et des Mages
  • 6 Regard du silence
  • 7 Regard de l’Onction terrible
  • 8 Je dors, mais mon coeur veille
  • 9 Regard de l’Eglise d’amour
  • Total playing time over 2 CDs [142:19]