The International Festival’s 2018 artist in residence performs an intimate recital of virtuosic and mystical piano from Chopin, Scriabin, Debussy, Obouhow and Messiaen.
Pierre-Laurent Aimard Piano
Obouhow Création d’or, 2 pieces
Scriabin Two Pieces: Désir and Caresse dansée Op 57
Scriabin Poeme-nocturne Op 61
Debussy Études (selection)
Chopin Nocturne in E Op 62 No 2
Messiaen Le loriot
Chopin Nocturne in B flat minor Op 9 No 1
Messiaen L’alouette lulu
Chopin Nocturne in F sharp minor Op 48 No 2
Messiaen L’alouette calandrelle
Sublime nocturnal evocations; dazzling nature portraits; intoxicating mystical explorations.
International Festival artist in residence Pierre-Laurent Aimard is one of today’s most pioneering musicians – as well as a global giant of the piano, renowned for his revelatory insights and his exhilarating virtuosity.
The exquisite, veiled beauty of three of Chopin’s Nocturnes contrast with the sparkling brilliance of three of Messiaen’s joyful bird portraits – of the golden oriole, woodlark and greater short-toed lark. Alongside a selection of Debussy’s scintillating Études, and sensual music by Scriabin, is the extraordinary mystical spirituality of Russian-born Nikolai Obouhow.