Pierre-Laurent Aimard

HarrisonParrott artists perform at Aldeburgh Festival

6 June 2011

The 64th Aldeburgh Festival began last week, curated by Pierre-Laurent Aimard – his third as Artistic Director. This year several HarrisonParrott artists  make appearances at the summer Festival, each in a different guise to the next.

Aimard has gathered a group of musicians, including Tamara Stefanovich and Pekka Kuusisto, to take part in a day of performances to commemorate the fifth anniversary of György Ligeti’s death, paying tribute to a significant figure in music of the last century. Kuusisto, who has an Aldeburgh Residency this year, goes on to undertake public masterclasses for the Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme and coaching for the Britten-Pears Orchestra; Aimard also joins the Britten-Pears Orchestra wind section for a performance of Messiaen groundbreaking ‘Oiseaux Exotiques’. Later in the Festival, Aimard accompanies baritone Matthias Goerne for his Aldeburgh debut, performing three giants of the Schubert Lieder catalogue: Die schone Mullerin, Winterreise and Schwanengesang.

Spira mirabilis return to the UK after their critically acclaimed performances at the Southbank Centre in November 2010. Participating in an Aldeburgh Residency lasting ten days, they perform in two concerts - Symphony No. 4 by Beethoven on 11 June, and Schubert’s Symphony No. 4 on 15 June. As usual, audience members have the opportunity to participate in a question and answer discussion session immediately following the concert, and are given the opportunity to see the ensemble in an open rehearsal session on 13 June.

Peter Eötvös, Jörg Widmann and Oliver Knussen also appear at Aldeburgh; Eötvös conducts the London Sinfonietta on 25 June in a programme featuring ...explosante-fixe... by Pierre Boulez; Widmann performs with both Tabea Zimmermann and Kirill Gerstein, as well as the Arcanto Quartet, whilst Knussen conducts Britten's Rape of Lucretia.