Saturday 17th August, from 9.00amNel Giardino di Wagner
Pierre-Laurent Aimard pianist
Catalogue d’Oiseaux
di Oliver Messiaen

Saturday 17th August
Nel Giardino di Wagner
Giardini del Monsignore, 09.00am
Chiesa di San Giovanni del Toro, 12.00am
Chiesa di Santa Maria a Gradillo, 7.00pm
Sala dei Cavalieri di Villa Rufolo, 11.00pm
Pierre-Laurent Aimard pianist
Catalogue d’Oiseaux
di Oliver Messiaen
Posto unico € 25

Programma

Giardini del Monsignore, 9am
IV. Le Traquet stapazin
IX. La Bouscarle
XII. Le Traquet rieur

San Giovanni del Toro Church, 12am
XI. La Buse variable
VIII. L’Alouette calandrelle
II. Le Loriot
III. Le Merle bleu

Santa Maria a Gradillo Church, 7pm
I. Le Chocard des Alpes
X. Le Merle de roche
XIII. Le Courlis cendré

Sala dei Cavalieri di Villa Rufolo, 11pm
V. La Chouette hulotte
VI. L’Alouette-lulu
VII. Le Rousserolle effarvatte

 

Pierre-Laurent Aimard, one of the leading specialists in modern and contemporary piano (Debussy, Ligeti, Carter, Boulez), was a pupil at the Paris Conservatory of Yvonne Loriod who married composer Olivier Messiaen (1908-92) in 1962. Twelve-year-old Aimard became over the years of training something like a “semi-adopted son”. Messiaen and his wife “took me on tours, in rehearsals, in class,” said the French pianist, “I often heard Messiaen improvise. (…) I admired his exceptional ability to listen to those he met, which is what made him a great pedagogue ». Yvonne Loriod was the first performer (and dedicatee) of the Catalogue d’Oiseaux at the Salle Gaveau in Paris on 15thApril 1959. It is a monumental work, which Aimard wanted to order and divide into four different concerts during the same day, following the poetic commentaries that the composer had written about the exact moment in which he had imagined the song in his piece. Messiaen, a tireless collector of the songs of his beloved «winged models», reproduced the voices of 77 birds in the thirteen pieces of the «Catalogue»: «Songs of birds in the provinces of France. Each soloist is presented in his habitat, surrounded by his landscape and the songs of other birds that live in the same region ». The songs are “sound objects” formed by a complex of colours and rhythms, never similar to themselves from one appearance to another.

 

Pierre-Laurent Aimard
Widely acclaimed as a key figure in the music of our time and as a uniquely significant interpreter of piano repertoire from every age, Pierre-Laurent Aimard enjoys an internationally celebrated career. He performs throughout the world each season with major orchestras under conductors including Esa-Pekka Salonen, Vladimir Jurowski, Peter Eötvös, Sir Simon Rattle and Riccardo Chailly. He has been invited to create, direct and perform in a number of residencies, with projects at Carnegie Hall, New York’s Lincoln Center, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Berlin’s Philharmonie, the Lucerne Festival, Mozarteum Salzburg, Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Tanglewood Festival and London’s Southbank Centre. Aimard is also the Artistic Director of the prestigious and historic Aldeburgh Festival. Commenting on his directorship, the Guardian wrote: “Aimard has ensured that the provincialism Britten himself dreaded has no place here…it reassures music-lovers in search of seriousness and quality.
Pierre-Laurent will be Artist-in-Residence with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra for the 2015-16 Season, performing all of the Beethoven piano concertos under the baton of Philippe Jordan. He remains committed to the music of the 20th and 21st centuries with a major Stockhausen project for Musica Viva in Munich followed by concerts in Paris and Amsterdam, and a performance of Lachenmann’s Ausklang in Luxembourg. Other highlights include solo recitals in Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Sydney, Tokyo and London Born in Lyon in 1957, Pierre-Laurent Aimard studied at the Paris Conservatoire with Yvonne Loriod and in London with Maria Curcio. Early career landmarks included winning first prize in the 1973 Messiaen Competition at the age of 16 and being appointed, three years later, by Pierre Boulez to become the Ensemble intercontemporain’s first solo pianist. Aimard has had close collaborations with many leading composers including György Kurtag, Stockhausen, Carter, Pierre Boulez and George Benjamin and had a long association with Ligeti, recording his complete works for piano. Most recently he performed the world premiere of Harrison Birtwistle’s Responses; Sweet disorder and the carefully careless, as well as Carter’s last piece Epigrams for piano, cello and violin, which was written for Pierre-Laurent and premiered at the Aldeburgh Festival in June 2013. Through his professorship at the Hochschule Köln as well as numerous series of concert lectures and workshops worldwide, he sheds an inspiring and very personal light on music of all periods. During the 2008/2009 season Aimard was an Associate Professor at the College de France, Paris and he is a member of the Bayerische Akademie der Schönen Künste. He was the recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist Award in spring 2005 and was named “Instrumentalist of the Year” by Musical America in 2007. In 2015 he launched a major online resource centred on the performance and teaching of Ligeti’s piano music with filmed masterclasses and performances of the Etudes and other works by Ligeti in collaboration with Klavier-Festival Ruhr. Pierre-Laurent has made many highly successful recordings. His first DG release, Bach’s Art of Fugue, received both the Diapason d’Or and Choc du Monde de la Musique awards, debuted at No.1 on Billboard’s classical chart and topped iTunes’ classical album download chart. In recent years Pierre-Laurent has been honoured with ECHO Klassik Awards, most recently in 2009 for his recording of solo piano pieces, ‘Hommage à Messiaen’, a Grammy award in 2005 for his recording of Ives’ Concord Sonata and Songs and he was also presented with Germany’s Schallplattenkritik Honorary Prize in 2009. Further releases for DG – of ‘The Liszt Project’ in 2011 and Debussy Préludes in 2012 – were joined by a new recording of Bach’s Wohl Tempered Klavier Book 1, which was released in 2014.