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Pierre-Laurent Aimard: Lachenmann’s Universe of Detail

Part of Classical Season 2020/21

Beethoven at his most charming meets avant-gardist Helmut Lachenmann, who invites audiences to eavesdrop on every instrument’s secret language.

In his quest for sound that ‘does not require a privileged intellectual training but can rely on its own unique clarity,’ Lachenmann has changed the landscape of modern European music.

For the composer, musical instruments are simple devices with infinite capability. This concert provides the perfect introduction to his world.

In Pression for solo cello, Dal Niente for solo clarinet and Guero for solo piano, the composer imagines his instruments as filters through which can be poured a universe of expression.

We hear extremes of volume, an explosion of timbres and new ways of drawing noise from the instruments – ‘beauty denying habit’, in the composer’s words.

After the drama-laced comedy of Beethoven’s Clarinet Trio of 1798, we hear Lachenmann’s own Clarinet Trio Allegro Sostenuto – a score from 1989 that the composer hoped would mark the rebirth of chamber music in the twentieth century.

With even more focus on detail, Lachenmann’s trio invites its audience to enter the energy field between his three instruments. Resonance confronts movement in the blossoming of Lachenmann’s universe of breathing, pulsating detail.

Southbank Centre Artist in Residence Pierre-Laurent Aimard is joined by two charismatic soloists to form an all-star piano trio for this celebration of one of twentieth-century music’s great one-offs.

There appeared at times to be nothing that this hugely talented soloist [Mark Simpson] could not do.
Bachtrack
A guru-like presence for generations of younger composers who want to follow in his essential, extreme, focused, critical, and explosive footsteps.
The Guardian [on Helmut Lachenmann]

Performers

Pierre-Laurent Aimard piano
Mark Simpson clarinet
Jean-Guihen Queyras cello

Repertoire

Helmut Lachenmann: Dal Niente (Interieur III) for clarinet; Pression for cello; Guero for piano
Beethoven: Trio in B flat for clarinet, cello & piano, Op.11
Interval
Helmut Lachenmann: Allegro sostenuto for clarinet, cello & piano

Dates & times

1 Dec 2020
Approximate run time: 115 mins
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where

Queen Elizabeth Hall

Pricing

£15 - £45
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)

Multi-buy discount

£15, £25, £35, £45

Multi-buy discount
Book 3 to 4 events in the International Chamber Music Series and save 10% on tickets, or book 5 or more events and save 20%. This discount is not available on Premium seats and only applies to multiple concerts bought in the same series, not across two or more series.

Concessions

25% off (limited availability)
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need to know

Ticketing
Book 3 to 4 events in the International Chamber Music Series and save 10% on tickets, or book 5 or more events and save 20%. This discount is not available on Premium seats and only applies to multiple concerts bought in the same series, not across two or more series.

Southbank Centre takes a strong view on secondary ticketing. We require the lead booker to attend (photo ID may be requested). Tickets can only be resold by Southbank Centre or one of its authorised agents.

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