Mr. Aimard was resplendent once again at Symphony Center! His readings of Chopin and Messiaen revealed new and wondrous colors, and the inner power of their works shone brightly.
His playing is technically flawless but it is not what one notices: the ideas and feelings of the music are what is alive in the air whenever I've heard him.
After enthusiastic applause following the program, Mr. Aimard came back for 6 or 7 encores, clearly relishing the playing and chance to share more of his music, including a composition by Elliot Carter, more Ravel and others - among them an interesting and very rhythmically-intense 1-note song that I was sure was Ligeti though Bartok's name was bandied about by my aisle-mates.
In any case, further reason to catch him next time as well. A great concert by a remarkable musician who thankfully makes regular stops in Chicago.
It was once said that 'feminism is the radical concept that women are people'. To a lot of men that's still true; they just can't accept women and try to hold them back at every turn. But they won't be held back. It is only the men who attempt this futile exercise whose archaic minds will be swept away. Sadly they don't realize: life is too brief to waste it being a pig.
Thanks for the piece on Sandy Bull, Bill..! I've been a fan for awhile now and it's great to see him getting more recognition and also that additional recordings are coming. Looking forward to this event...
Dmitry's writings and art are great...! May the Reader continue to feature both for a long time to come. I have a few of his paintings at home, and they are constantly remarked upon by visitors. Let's hope having his work here will draw similar commentary and attention...!