On-Demand Audio: Christopher Taylor Plays Messiaen
Recorded Live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Medieval Sculpture Hall
Friday, December 14, 2012
On Dec. 11, powerhouse pianist Christopher Taylor performed Olivier Messiaen's Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Medieval Sculpture Hall.
Written in 1944 for his student and second wife, Yvonne Loroid, the Vingt Regards ("Twenty Contemplations of the Baby Jesus") are one of the composer's most sustained articulations of faith and present a fiendish challenge for even the most ambitious of pianists. Taylor has made the piece a specialty since performing it over a decade ago at Columbia University's Miller Theater.
Above is the archived audio of the complete two-hour performance, delivered by Taylor — from memory — with both lyrical and technical aplomb.