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Catalogue d'Oiseaux - Pierre-Laurent Aimard treats Suffolk to 18-hour tour de force / theguardian

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What began in the Snape Maltings cafe with the assertive song of the black-eared wheatear, as the sun rose over the Alde river, ended just before midnight in a darkened Britten Studio with the sound of a booming bittern. For the centrepiece of his final festival as artistic director at Aldeburgh, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, chose to perform Catalogue d'Oiseaux, the longest and perhaps the greatest of all Olivier Messiaen's piano works – and his most systematic use of the material that dominated his music for close to 40 years.

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