Gillian Weir: Jésus accepte la soufferance


 

Jésus accepte la souffrance (Jesus accepts suffering) from Olivier Messiaen, La Nativité du Seigneur, performed by Gillian Weir on the 1928 Frobenius organ of Århus Cathedral, Denmark.  Click here, then click on Listen to Program, then click and hold button and slide it to 58:40(58 minutes and 40 seconds).

Gillian Weir from an interview with Ian Carson:  Jésus accepte la souffrance (VII) looks towards the future. One of my favourite sculptures is of a very young Virgin cradling her child protectively but gazing away from him – as though looking fearfully into the future. I feel that in this music the garden of Gethsemane is foretold. Of course Messiaen is saying that Christ accepted Man's suffering when He came into the world, but the other idea is implicit. At the marking doloreux et vif he is offered the cup three times at first replying “Father let this cup pass from me.” The music rises in tension and anguish then falls dejectedly, but at last rises to the heights as he accepts the burden. I feel God speaks in the triumph of the ending saying “This is my Son”, as well as Messiaen's quote from Hebrews here – “Lo I come (to do thy will).”