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Des canyons aux étoiles...

Pierre-Laurent Aimard performs Messiaen

Matthias Pintscher and the SCO perform with Pierre-Laurent Aimard in this remarkable work by Messiaen.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Matthias Pintscher Conductor

Pierre-Laurent Aimard Piano

Messiaen Des canyons aux étoiles …

An epic hymn to the wonders of the natural world. A cosmic journey from the depths of the Earth to the stars, heaven – and beyond.

Messiaen’s mystical celebration of the breathtaking natural marvels of Utah – its immense canyons, the silvery songs of its birds, the rust-red of its rocks and the azure blue of its vast skies – is an awe-inspiring experience for any listener. It’s an ecstatic celebration of creation, conveyed in music of kaleidoscopic colour and transcendental power.

Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard – International Festival Artist in Residence – is a former student of Messiaen and his wife, pianist Yvonne Loriod, and there’s no more authoritative interpreter of Messiaen’s visionary creations.

He joins Edinburgh’s own Scottish Chamber Orchestra and respected conductor Matthias Pintscher for this overwhelming work of praise, wonder and serene contemplation.

★★★★★ "a remarkable recital of passion and colour" - The Scotsman on Pierre-Laurent Aimard

★★★★ - The Herald on Pierre-Laurent Aimard

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Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Matthias Pintscher Conductor

Pierre-Laurent Aimard Piano
Alec Frank-Gemmill French Horn
Noè Rodrigo Gisbert Glockenspiel
Bence Major Xylorimba


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22 August 2018

  • Usher Hall (Show on map)
  • 1hr 35mins approx (no interval)
  • £25

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book. The 2019 programme will be available in the spring. 

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