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November 4, 2014
Pierre-Laurent Aimard Brings Well-Tempered Clavier to Four American Cities

As part of his worldwide tour of Book I of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier throughout the 2014-15 season, Pierre-Laurent Aimard tours the collection to four venues in the United States, giving complete accounts in main-stage appearances at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC on November 7, Chicago’s Symphony Center on November 9, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center on November 11, and New York’s Carnegie Hall on November 13. The Washington DC performance will also include Beethoven’s Op. 110 sonata and Brahms’s “Handel” Variations interspersed throughout the program.

The Well-Tempered Clavier is available to purchase on CD from iTunes and Amazon following its recent release on Deutsche Grammophon.

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November 4, 2014
Pierre-Laurent Aimard Brings Well-Tempered Clavier to Four American Cities

As part of his worldwide tour of Book I of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier throughout the 2014-15 season, Pierre-Laurent Aimard tours the collection to four venues in the United States, giving complete accounts in main-stage appearances at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC on November 7, Chicago’s Symphony Center on November 9, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center on November 11, and New York’s Carnegie Hall on November 13. The Washington, DC performance also includes Beethoven’s Sonata No. 31, Op. 110 and Brahms’s “Handel” Variations interspersed throughout the program.

The Well-Tempered Clavier is available to purchase on CD from iTunes and Amazon following its recent release on Deutsche Grammophon.

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October 20, 2014
Pierre-Laurent Aimard Performs World Premiere of Piano Concerto by Sir Harrison Birtwistle

Sir Harrison Birtwistle's new piano concerto, titled Responses: Sweet disorder and the carefully careless, comes to life on October 24 with its world premiere at the hand of Pierre-Laurent Aimard and the Bavarian Radio Orchestra in Munich under the baton of Stefan Asbury. As the English composer explains about the concerto, which was written expressly for Aimard, the subtitle is taken from an essay collection by Princeton architect Robert Maxwell, and is, he says, “the essence of what I’m doing. It’s a resonant phrase.”

The performance takes place as part of a quartet of international premieres with the four orchestras by which the concerto was co-commissioned. Next week brings the Portuguese premiere with Peter Eötvös leading the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música in Porto (Nov 1), followed by the UK premiere on December 6 with the London Philharmonic under Vladimir Jurowski during “Birtwistle at 80” celebrations at London’s Royal Festival Hall. In the New Year, Aimard and Jurowski reunite at the Boston Symphony to present the American premiere of Responses at Boston’s Symphony Hall (Feb 12–14).

Aimard and Birtwistle look back on a long artistic relationship, including performances of the composer's works that Aimard has championed as performer, programmer, and commissioner.

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