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Messiaen - Vingt Regards sur L'Enfant-Jesus

with Joanna MacGregor

In this masterclass, Joanna MacGregor teaches one of Olivier Messiaen's most famous works, Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jesus - a meditation on Christ's childhood

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Level
intermediate
Course Length
8 lessons · 2h 24m

Joanna Mac Gregor is recognized as one of the world's most wide-ranging and innovate musicians, and has pursued a life connecting many genres of music defying categorizations. Appearing in over sixty countries, she has performed with many of the world's great orchestras and eminent conductors ( including Boulez, Davis and Rattle), and has premiered several landmark compositions. She has collaborated with many leading jazz and pop artists, from South African jazz to cutting edge electronica.

Her interpretation of Messiaen's piano music has received great acclaim.

Currently Head of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music, Joanna MacGregor, teaches in this masterclass one of Olivier Messiaen's famous works, Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus. Composed in 1944, this score is a true meditation on the Christ's childhood, using themes such as God, love or joy: "More than in any of my works, I have tried to find a mystical way to express varied, powerful and sweet love, but sometimes also brutal, with multicoloured laws"

In partnership with The Masterclass Media Foundation Archives, which provides a valuable educational resource in order to perpetuate musical passion and knowledge from one generation to another. [MMF026]


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Joanna MacGregor

Joanna MacGregor is recognized as one of the world’s most wide-ranging and innovative musicians, and has pursued a life connecting many genres of music defying categorizations. Appearing in over sixty countries, she has performed with many of the world’s great orchestras (including New York Philharmonic, London and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, Netherlands Radio and Oslo Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony Orchestra), eminent conductors (including Boulez, Davis and Rattle), and has premiered several landmark compositions. She has collaborated with many leading jazz and pop artists, from South African jazz to cutting-edge electronica, and has devised multimedia projects that have toured internationally.

Joanna MacGregor made her conducting début in 2002 and regularly directs her own orchestral projects. She has had a very close artistic partnership as conductor and performer with the Britten Sinfonia for the past ten years. The most recent project was the acclaimed Moondog/Art of Fugue tour – a radical re-working of Bach’s late great work, alongside the music of the famous 50’s New York street musician. In April 2007 Joanna MacGregor and the Britten Sinfonia tour South America together.

Her album ‘Play’, on her own record label SoundCircus, received a Mercury Prize nomination. Current releases include the Moondog / Bach project with Britten Sinfonia, ‘Sidewalk Dances’. Her teaching books ‘Piano World’ have been hailed as ‘worthy of the new millennium’. Joanna MacGregor is Artistic Director of the Bath International Music Festival.

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