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.
RepertoireBoulez: Notation No.4 for piano; Notation No.4 arr. for orchestra