Composed in 1944, the piano cycle Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus by Olivier Messiaen presents itself, according to the composer, as a "contemplation of the Christ Child in the manger and the Gazes which fall upon Him." As firmly constructed as it is inspired, and abounding in pianistic novelties, it includes all the essential ingredients of Messiaen’s ever such personal musical idiom. Louise Bessette invites the listener to share here in a rare moment of eternity.
"Louise Bessette is a new pianist to me, and I was struck by her nimble virtuosity, her steely power where needed and, absolutely essential in this music, her patient ability to let silences play their full expressive part, to allow chords to resonate into silence."
Michael Oliver - International Record Review - 1 January 2001