Pierre-Laurent Aimard Plays Liszt
In a concert from the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, Pierre-Laurent Aimard plays some of the most celebrated of Liszt's piano pieces, alongside music by Bartok, Stroppa and Ravel.
Presented by Petroc Trelawny
Live from the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
In a concert celebrating the Liszt bicentenary, Pierre-Laurent Aimard plays some of the composer's most celebrated works alongside those by the great piano composers who followed him.
After a Threnody inspired by trees in the park of the Villa d'Este near Rome, we hear Nenie, one of the Dirges by Bartók, Liszt's successor in the Hungarian piano tradition. The concert continues with a pair of works by Liszt and Ravel which both seek to capture the beauty of the play of fountains. A contemporary work from award-winning Italian composer Marco Stroppa depicts a traditional ceremony from Easter Island, and finally there is Liszt's portrait of St Francis of Assisi and a dazzling evocation of exotic birdsong by Messiaen, with whose music Aimard is strongly associated.
Franz Liszt: Aux cyprès de la Villa d'Este 1 (Années de pèlerinage)
Béla Bartók: Assai andante (No.4 of 4 Dirges, Op.9a)
Franz Liszt: St François d'Assise (La prédication aux oiseaux) (Légende, S.175 No.1)
Marco Stroppa: Tangata manu from Miniature estrose
Franz Liszt: Les jeux d'eaux à la Villa d'Este from Années de pèlerinage
Maurice Ravel: Jeux d'eau
Olivier Messiaen: Le Traquet stapazin from Catalogue d'oiseaux
Franz Liszt: Vallée d'Obermann from Années de pèlerinage
Pierre-Laurent Aimard piano
[NB No interval].