The pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard is serving as artist in residence with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra this season. Together with musicians from the orchestra, he will be presenting a chamber music programme that reflects his versatility and flexibility.
Naturally, the pièce de résistance is Schumann’s Piano Quintet, one of his most fiery and manic works featuring a dramatic interaction between the strings and the pianist. In addition, Aimard and his musicians demonstrate just how varied, and often surprisingly beautiful, music from the twentieth century can be. Jean Françaix was completely indifferent to the fashions of the day, writing instead what he himself wanted to hear and modelling his Octet on Schubert’s own. In his Concertino, Leos Janáček claimed to have assigned to the various instruments the characters of ‘quarrelling animals in a fairy-tale forest’. The master miniaturist György Kurtág goes full circle with a fascinating, mosaic-like trio that pays homage to Schumann – and, indirectly, to the medieval composer Guillaume de Machaut.
For fans of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Close-up concerts given in the Recital Hall provide a fantastic opportunity to get acquainted with individual musicians. In this concert series, they perform chamber music in small ensembles, allowing you to enjoy their unique musical personalities and abilities.