In the first half, Pierre-Laurent Aimard performs three of Boulez’s 1945 Notations for solo piano – tiny but powerful works that express a musical idea in just a few seconds – to pave the way for their orchestral counterparts. These exhilarating ‘magnifications’ were composed decades later for a huge ensemble of 112 players, including eight percussionists.
Movements from Debussy’s Images, quoting a Scottish folk song and French nursery rhymes, complete this fascinating programme.
Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor
Pierre-Laurent Aimard piano
RepertoireBoulez: Notation No.4 for piano; Notation No.4 arr. for orchestra
Debussy: Gigues, No.1 from Images
Boulez: Notation No.7 for piano; Notation No.7 arr. for orchestra
Debussy: Rondes de printemps, No.3 from Images
Boulez: Notation No.2 for piano; Notation No.2 arr. for orchestra
Debussy: Fantaisie for piano & orchestra; La mer