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Aldeburgh Festival - Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Live from Snape Maltings in Suffolk, pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard plays etudes by Debussy, Chopin, Ligeti, Bartok and Scriabin as part of the 2014 Aldeburgh Festival.

Live from Snape Maltings as part of the Aldeburgh Festival

Presented by Tom Service

Aldeburgh Festival Director Pierre-Laurent Aimard plays a selection of highly virtuosic and pianistic studies by five of the greatest 19th- and 20th-century composers.

Debussy - Etudes (selection)
Ligeti - Etudes (selection)
Chopin - Etudes (selection)

Interval - includes études or studies for orchestra by Szymanowski, Stravinsky, Arthur Bliss and Frank Martin.

Bartok - Etudes (selection)
Ligeti - Etudes (selection)
Scriabin - Etudes (selection)

To hear Aldeburgh Festival Artistic Director Pierre-Laurent Aimard perform Ligeti's dazzling Études is to experience some of the twentieth century's most energising piano music interpreted by one of the composer's closest collaborators. For this concert Aimard takes the audience on a grand kaleidoscopic tour of the Étude ('study') genre, from the great Romantic composer-pianists Chopin and Bartók to the exploration of sounds and colours in pieces by Debussy and Scriabin.
Earlier studies which on paper seem light-years removed turn out to have surprising connections and resonances with Ligeti's, whose 'high virtuosity' the composer explained to be 'a response to my own inadequate piano technique'.

2 hours, 15 minutes

Music Played

  • Pierre-Laurent Aimard at Aldeburgh part 1

    • Claude Debussy

      12 Studies for piano - no.1 (Book 1) Pour les cinq doigts d'apres Monsieur Czerny

      Performer: Pierre‐Laurent Aimard.
    • Gyorgy Ligeti

      Studies - book 3 for piano (nos. 15- ) no.15 White on white

      Performer: Pierre‐Laurent Aimard.
    • Claude Debussy

      12 Studies for piano - no.9 (Book 2) Pour les notes repetees

      Performer: Pierre‐Laurent Aimard.
    • György Ligeti

      Studies - book 2 for piano (nos. 7-14) no.10 Der Zauberlehrling

      Performer: Pierre‐Laurent Aimard.
    • Claude Debussy

      12 Studies for piano - no.3 (Book 1) Pour les quartes

      Performer: Pierre‐Laurent Aimard.
    • György Ligeti

      Studies - book 2 for piano (nos. 7-14) - no.8 Fem

      Performer: Pierre‐Laurent Aimard.
    • Frédéric Chopin

      3 Nouvelles etudes Op.posth for piano - no.1 in F minor (Andantino)

      Performer: Pierre‐Laurent Aimard.
    • György Ligeti

      Studies - book 2 for piano (nos. 7-14) - no.11 En suspens

      Performer: Pierre‐Laurent Aimard.
    • Frédéric Chopin

      3 Nouvelles etudes Op.posth for piano - no.2 in A flat major (Allegretto)

      Performer: Pierre‐Laurent Aimard.
    • György Ligeti

      Studies - book 1 for piano (nos. 1-6) - no.5 Arc-en-ciel (Rainbow)

      Performer: Pierre‐Laurent Aimard.
    • Frédéric Chopin

      12 Studies Op.25 for piano - no.2 in F minor

      Performer: Pierre‐Laurent Aimard.
    • Gyorgy Ligeti

      Studies - book 1 for piano (nos. 1-6) - no.3 Touches blocquees (Blocked keys)

      Performer: Pierre‐Laurent Aimard.
  • Interval music

    • Igor Stravinsky

      4 Studies for orchestra (from 3 Pieces for string quartet and Study for pianola) - no.2 Excentrique

      Conductor: Antal Doráti. Performer: London Symphony Orchestra.
    • Arthur Bliss

      Study, Op. 16, No. 3 (Allegro)

      Conductor: David Lloyd-Jones. Performer: Orchestra of Opera North.
    • Frank Martin

      Etudes for string orchestra - no.2 Premiere etude, pour l'enchainement des traits; no.3 Deuxieme etude, pour le pizzicato

      Conductor: Thierry Fischer. Performer: Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
    • Karol Szymanowski

      Study (Op.4`3) in B flat minor, orch. Gzregore Fitelberg (orig piano)

      Conductor: Karol Stryja. Performer: Polish State Philharmonic Orch Katowice.
    • Igor Stravinsky

      4 Studies for orchestra (from 3 Pieces for string quartet and Study for pianola) - no.4 Madrid

      Conductor: Antal Doráti. Performer: London Symphony Orchestra.
  • Pierre-Laurent Aimard at Aldeburgh part 2

    • Béla Bartók

      3 Studies Sz.72, Op.18 for piano

      Performer: Pierre‐Laurent Aimard.
    • György Ligeti

      Studies - book 2 for piano (nos. 7-14) - no.12 Entrelacs

      Performer: Pierre‐Laurent Aimard.
    • György Ligeti

      Studies - book 1 for piano (nos. 1-6) - no.4 Fanfares

      Performer: Pierre‐Laurent Aimard.
    • György Ligeti

      Studies - book 1 for piano (nos. 1-6) - no.6 Automne a Varsovie (Autumn in Warsaw)

      Performer: Pierre‐Laurent Aimard.
    • Alexander Scriabin

      3 Studies Op.65 for piano

      Performer: Pierre‐Laurent Aimard.
    • György Ligeti

      Studies - book 2 for piano (nos. 7-14) - no.7 Galamb borong

      Performer: Pierre‐Laurent Aimard.
    • György Ligeti

      Studies - book 1 for piano (nos. 1-6) - no.2; Cordes vides (Empty strings)

      Performer: Pierre‐Laurent Aimard.
    • György Ligeti

      Studies - book 2 for piano (nos. 7-14) - no.13 L' Escalier du diable (The devil's staircase)

      Performer: Pierre‐Laurent Aimard.

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