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Pierre-Laurent Aimard with Cleveland Orchestra set for Ligeti's Piano Concerto / clevelandclassical.com

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Although French-born pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard plays a wide range of literature, he has a special affinity for the avant-garde music of Hungarian composer György Ligeti. This weekend, Cleveland audiences will have the excitement of hearing him tackle Ligeti's phenomenally difficult Piano Concerto in partnership with Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra. Performances begin on Thursday evening, May 18, and continue on Friday morning, May 19, and Saturday evening, May 20. Aimard first encountered Ligeti's music in the mid-1980s, and from 1993 to 2001, the composer entrusted the pianist with the premieres of nearly all of his late Etudes. Ligeti dedicated Nos. 10 and 12 to Aimard himself. He said the pianist had inspired him to compose some of his most complex piano works.

Complex, but remarkably accessible. Speaking by telephone from his home in Berlin, Aimard said, "From the very beginning, I found his music extremely original, and whatever his ideas are, he can communicate them in a clear and efficient way. The first pieces I attempted were from his second period - the big avant-garde era - and I was amazed by their poetic and visual dimensions. Then when the Etudes arrived, I admired his capacity to change his style without changing his identity. He never lost his depth and his sense of humor."

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