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Live from Carnegie Hall: Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Today's installment of our Live from Carnegie Hall series turns the spotlight on French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, who renews his long and distinguished relationship with Carnegie Hall at a concert on November 15.


Artist: Pierre-Laurent Aimard
Album: Pierre-Laurent Aimard at Carnegie Hall
Label: Teldec
Date Recorded: December 3, 2001
Fun Fact: Olivier Messiaen's Vingt regards sur l'enfant Jésus, "XI Première communion de la Vierge" is one of the tracks on this recording. At just 12 years of age, Pierre-Laurent Aimard was a student of the great French composer.

In a recent Carnegie Hall interview, Aimard proclaimed that "even if the Hall is so big and if the stage is so large, you feel so well on stage, even if you are on your own, and the quality of the acoustics and the quality of the intimacy are really ... well ... the best."

His 2001 concert and the resulting album were a testament to Aimard's protean musical personality, with works by Beethoven, Liszt, Debussy, Berg, Messiaen, and Ligeti.

Recorded midway through Aimard's nearly 20-year performance history here—and his solo recital debut in the "big hall"—this revelatory album declares how much at ease the pianist feels on the Carnegie Hall stage.

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Related: November 15, Pierre-Laurent Aimard

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