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Penguin Guide, January 2009

Håkan Austbø has excellent credentials in this repertoire. His is an individual view, with a wider range of tempi and dynamic than Loriod. His account of the opening Regard du père and the later Regard du fils sur le fils is paced much more slowly, but his playing has great concentration and evocative feeling so that he readily carries the slower tempo, and in Par lui tout a été fait articulation is bolder, giving the music a stronger profile, helped by the clearer, Naxos digital focus. This is undoubtedly a performance that grips the listener and can be strongly recommended as an alternative view.

Classic CD, May 1996

"Several complementary virtues conspire to make this recording by the Norwegian pianist Hakon Austbo by far the most satisfying Vingt regards sur l'enfant Jesus in the current catalogue"

Peter Burwasser
Fanfare, November 1995

Messiaen’s sprawling masterpiece for solo piano has occupied that stratum for some time, but this engrossing new recording marks the first budget version. Viva Naxos! © 1995 Fanfare Read complete review on Fanfare

American Record Guide

This is one of the finest sets of Vingt Regards available : Austbo can be hypnotic with his rhythmic control of these very difficult pieces, but he is not a show off either, and his slow phrases 'breathe' very naturally and patiently.


"an essential part of any Messiaen-admirer's collection"

Classic CD

"Austbo's gentle intensity catches the music's extraordinary atmosphere... Recommended without reservation"

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