Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano (Cancelled)

Beethoven the Avant-gardist
NEC's Plimpton Shattuck Black Box

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Developed in response to the Beethoven 250 anniversary year, pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard’s program is a unique take on Beethoven’s legacy. Unfolding over two evenings, the program emphasizes Beethoven’s role as a leader in a tradition of musical innovation and contrasts his work with that of other innovators.

March 28 Program

Arnold Schoenberg | Five Piano Pieces, Opus 23
Ludwig van Beethoven | Sonata for Piano no. 7 in D major, Opus 10, no. 3
Beethoven | Sonata for Piano no. 23 in F minor, Opus 57, “Appassionata”
Karlheinz Stockhausen | Klavierstück IX 

March 29 Program

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck | Fantasia d3 - à 4: Echo, SwWV 260
George BenjaminShadowlines
Beethoven | Sonata in A Major, Opus 101
Alban Berg | Sonata for piano, Opus 1
Beethoven | Sonata in A-Flat major, Opus 110

“[Aimard is] a brilliant musician and an extraordinary visionary.”

Wall Street Journal

“Beethoven never stopped pushing the boundaries of tradition. At each stage of his creative life, he modernised and championed the revolutionary spirit. It is his quality as a tireless innovator that these programmes want to emphasize, by comparing his works with those of avant-gardists of different eras.”

Pierre-Laurent Aimard