San Diego Story
March 3, 2018
Revolutionary Piano Music from a Revolutionary Pianist: Pierre-Laurent Aimard
In an amazing solo recital Thursday at the Balboa Theatre, Pierre-Laurent Aimard gave his account of revolutionary piano music from the last two centuries, anchored in Beethoven’s landmark Hammerklavier Piano Sonata, Op. 106, from 1818.
Aimard spent the first half of his recital presenting a collage of avant-garde selections from late Franz Liszt to Scriabin and Messaien, including the little known Russian mystic Nikolay Obukhov. Played without interruption, these six pieces filled the audience with surprise, questioning, and perhaps even discomfort, reactions that Beethoven’s audiences no doubt experienced hearing his startling—for its time—Hammerklavier.