|Cordelia after her recital|
This is a simply extraordinary composition: the entire sequence lasts about 2h15m which makes it probably the longest piano composition in the serious repetory.
The selection we had was:
- Regard du Père
- Regard de la Vierge
- Regard du silence
- Regard des prophètes, des bergers et des Mages
- Regard des Anges
- Regard de l'Esprit de joie
However, excellent though her talk was, it was mightily surpassed by the brilliance of the performance. It was utterly transporting and the only feasible reactions at many points were to shut one's eyes and listen in an almost trance-like state. Words pretty much fail me.
I wish that I had time to stay for the rest of the study day. And I would love to hear her give a complete performance - though even she might just struggle to commit the whole 2hrs15 to memory??
She is doing a selection in London, Cheltenham and Wiltshire later in the year. Catch it if you can!