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Catalogue d'Oiseaux

Complete performance in 4 concerts

Mann am Klavier © Euro Kmetitsch

Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Sat 25.05. – 17:00 in the Großer Garten below the panoramic terrace*

                   20:00 in the Gartentheater*

                   23:00, in the Schloss Herrenhausen, Großer Saal

Sun 26.05. – 6:00 in the Großen Garten, Remy de la Fosse - Pavillon *

Sat 25.05. – 18:00 Matthew Gurewitsch talks with Pierre-Laurent Aimard in the festival tent (Free entry)

* In case of rain the concerts take place at Schloss Herrenhausen.

Four concerts in four different venues. From late afternoon to early morning. Pierre-Laurent Aimard, world-famous pianist extraordinaire, will give a complete performance of Olivier Messiaen’s epochal Catalogue d’Oiseaux.

In its radical naturalism, Catalogue d’Oiseaux, from 1956, is Messiaen’s great hymn to nature. The French provinces and their landscapes are the background for the magic of countless birdsongs, which the composer recorded and collected all his life. Inspired by these songs, the idiosyncratic and original modernist Messiaen created a new type of piano music full of poetic freshness. The fairly factual title of the catalogue can be misleading, as it is a giant collection of tableaux that invites the listener to meditation. The diverse forms of this musical Tour de France, and its amazing richness of tone and rhythm, are unique in twentieth-century piano music.

At the KunstFestSpiele the cycle’s individual pieces will accordingly be played in the afternoon, evening and early morning in the Great Garden and at night in the Herrenhausen palace according to the different times of day in which the birds.

‘At a time when the world is in consternation at the destruction of nature by man, this cycle offers a musical refuge that resonates with an audience ever more concerned, expanded and affected.’ Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Piano Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Duration each 45-55 min

Main Event: > Kunstfestspiele Herrenhausen 2019 - all the infos
Event(s): 25.05.2019 to 26.05.2019
from 17:00 to 17:55 o'clock
25.05.2019 to 26.05.2019
from 20:00 to 20:55 o'clock
25.05.2019 to 26.05.2019
from 23:00 to 23:55 o'clock
from 06:00 to 06:55 o'clock

Schloss Herrenhausen

  • Herrenhäuser Straße 5
  • 30419 Hannover
Tickets 49,00 €
reduced tickets 24,50 €
single ticket 20,00 € / reduced 10,00 €
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