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February 1, 2008
Pierre-Laurent Aimard

The pianist on heading London's major Messiaen festival. It is hard for we Messiaen admirers not to let the composer dominate our thoughts in this, his 100th anniversary year. "A figure of radiant sweetness, his eyes turned to the world beyond."

January 1, 2008
Aimard's accomplished, affectionate tribute to his close friend Olivier Messiaen

I'll be very surprised if a more accomplished centenary tribute to Messiaen appears than this one. Pierre-Laurent Aimard knew the composer and studied with Yvonne Loriod, yet these personal associations result in playing of intense sobriety.

March 25, 2007
The sound of new doors opening

A daring French pianist is fluent in the musical languages of his time. One Monday evening this past winter, the French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard was on a stage at Carnegie Hall, performing a solo recital of formal elegance and breathtaking virtuosity, when he paused to inform the audience of one small change to the program...