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Messiaen's Big Adventure

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Messiaen's Big Adventure - 12/01/02 06:57 PM

NY Times December 1, 2002

In February 2001, in one of the more memorable concerts of recent years in New York, the American pianist Christopher Taylor performed Messiaen's "Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-JÚsus," more than two hours of some of the most complex and difficult music ever written for the piano, at the Miller Theater. Playing the 176-page score from memory, Mr. Taylor held rapt an audience packed with young people, who surely had little notion of what to expect.

On Wednesday evening, Mr. Taylor will perform the work again, this time at the Orensanz Center for the Arts on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, as part of the Rock Hotel Pianofest.

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