Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Boulez, Aimard, Abbado, Bruckner South Bank

Exquisite Labyrinth, the name for a Boulez extravaganza at the South Bank on 2nd October 2011, Pierre Boulez conductes Ensemble Intercontemporain at the Royal Festival Hall. They're doing Pli selon Pli with Barbara Hannigan. From noon that same day, Pierre Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich play three Boulez concerts : Notations I-XII, Piano Sonata 1 to 3, Incises and Structures Book 2. Aimard also gives a talk about Boulez before the big evening concert. A genuine "total immersion" now that the BBC Barbican series has gone horribly downmarket (of which more later, and about Ferneyhough who deserved better)

Members of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra (of whom many are Berliner-Philharmoniker) will be present at Boulez Day, some playing in the evening concert, some listening in. Because Claudio Abbado brings the extended Lucerne Festival Orchestra to the South Bank on October 10th and 11th. Both nights are built around Bruckner's Fifth Symphony. First night companion piece is Schumann with Hélène Grimaud, second night, Mozart's Haffner Symphony.

This year there's a Liszt Forum on 15/10 and two Aimard concerts 8/11 and 7/12 where he'll be playing Liszt in context - Wagner, Scriabin, Bartók and Stroppa (featured composer at Aldeburgh this summer)

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