The multi-talented pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard is the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra's artist this season. Led by Vladmir Jurowski, another musical adventurer, Aimard is playing in the Dutch premiere of Harrison Birtwistle's piano concerto Responses. A work in which one can 'hear the earth itself breathing' as The Times writes. But, as the title infers, it is above all an intense call and response between pianist and orchestra.
Olivier Messiaen is most definitely a sound magician. He has composed thumping nature tableaux, starry skies, and ecstatic religious visions. In Oiseaux Exotiques, orchestra, piano and percussion mirror the sounds and enchanting colours of exotic birds.
In addition, the mesmerising works of Debussy and Ravel, two composers who were able to deftly navigate the thin line between classical and modern with such flair, and who had such influence on Messiaen and other twentieth-century composers, will be performed.