Cosmos Stockhausen 5

Pierre-Laurent Aimard


Sun, 09.09. | 11.00 | No. 18346

Kirchensaal MaiHof

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

17.08.-16.09. 2018



    Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928–2007)

    A milestone indeed: Karlheinz Stockhausen’s KLAVIERSTÜCKE (Piano Pieces) are a mountainous massif of new music, especially the early Numbers I to XI, which were composed in the 1950s and 1960s. Stockhausen characterized them as “drawings,” because he could focus here “on the possibilities of an instrument, a player with his ten fingers and two feet,” and in this concentrated framework could address fundamental compositional problems. Stockhausen explored unusual ways of playing and echo nuances, sampled overtone effects by having keys muted and then struck, and went far beyond conventional pianism. “The sounds ricochet from the top to the bottom of the piano, as if the instrument were a pinball machine,” observes the American music critic Alex Ross. And the French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, who worked closely with Stockhausen for years, remarks: “In each of his KLAVIERSTÜCKE, Stockhausen develops a new parameter. He experimented constantly, radically, and systematically from piece to piece.” 

    Radio SRF2 Kultur will record this concert and broadcast it on 19 September 2018, starting at 21:00 (Lucerne time) as part of its “Neue Musik im Konzert” (“New Music in Concert”) program.

    You can purchase the digital concert program here.

    Pierre-Laurent Aimard

    The French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, who was born in 1957 in Lyon, studied at the Paris Conservatoire with Yvonne Loriod and with Maria Curcio in London. He also participated in the seminars in analysis led by Pierre Bou-lez at IRCAM in Paris and took courses with György Kurtág in Budapest. Since winning the Messiaen Prize in Royan in 1973, he has been regarded as the authoritative interpreter of this composer’s works. When Boulez founded the Ensemble intercontemporain in 1976, he appointed Aimard as its solo pianist. Aimard has given the world premieres of many significant compositions since then, including Répons by Boulez, several of György Ligeti’s Etudes, and Harrison Birtwistle’s piano concerto Responses. At the same time, he has consistently performed the “traditional” repertoire as a soloist and chamber musician, which he presents in carefully thoughtout programs with unusual dramaturgical contexts. Aimard was the 2007 LUCERNE FESTIVAL’s “artiste étoile”; he has also had residencies with the Berlin Philharmonic and at the Vienna Konzerthaus, New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Tanglewood Festival, and the Southbank Centre in London. From 2009 to 2016, he served as Artistic Director of the Aldeburgh Festival. In the past season, Aimard gave recitals in Tokyo, Beijing, Moscow, St. Petersburg, New York, Paris, and Vienna, as well as at the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin, and he undertook a European tour with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. He has won many prizes, including the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize in 2017; his recording of Bach’s Art of the Fugue received the Diapason d’or and the Choc du Monde de la Musique. His most recent release, which appeared this spring, is a complete recording of Messiaen’s Catalogue d’oiseaux. Aimard is a professor at the Music Academy of Cologne.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 23 August 1979 in Oiseaux exotiques by Messiaen, with Miltiades Caridis conducting the Swiss Festival Orchestra.

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