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Pierre-Laurent Aimard comes to SF with Messiaen birdsongs in mind / The Mercury

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Famed French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard is a living link to composer Olivier Messiaen. Born in Lyon, the brilliant French pianist studied at the Paris Conservatory and became a protégé of both Messiaen and his wife, pianist Yvonne Loriod. Aimard's new recording of Messiaen's "Catalogue d'oiseaux" is out this month, and in this weekend's appearance for San Francisco Performances, he'll play "Le courlis cendré" from this beguiling collection inspired by birdsongs Messiaen heard in the South of France. Aimard, who has also recorded the complete piano works of Gyorgy Ligeti, will play the composer's "Musica Ricercata." Beethoven's Sonata No. 29 in B-flat Major, and "Hammerklavier," to complete the program.

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