Olivier Messiaen: Catalogue d’Oiseaux (1956-58)
06.30: Den Norske Opera & Ballett/Studio B
Dawn recital: Catalogue d’Oiseaux, part 1
250/150 (Includes light breakfast after concert)
14.00: Ekebergparken / Havnehagen
Outdoor afternoon concert: Catalogue d’Oiseaux, part 2
Post-concert: Pierre-Laurent Aimard in conversation with Rob Young
Pierre-Laurent Aimard – piano
Following his groundbreaking performance of Olivier Messiaen’s massive birdsong-inspired piano cycle at the Aldeburgh Festival in 2017 – several recitals in one 20-hour period – internationally renowned French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard will perform Catalogue d’Oiseaux at three separate locations around Oslo during the course of a day.
First, Messiaen’s evocations of birds and their habitats will ring out over the fjord at sunrise. The cycle begins in Rehearsal Studio B on the fourth floor of Den Norske Opera & Ballett, with its stunning 180-degree panorama across the fjord. Following the concert, in the Opera house’s third-floor canteen, the audience will be offered coffee and croissants (and are welcome to bring along their own packed breakfast). Here there will be the opportunity to meet the pianist and hear his short introduction to the work.
In the early afternoon Aimard will perform in the open air in Ekebergparken, with its contemporary sculptures, amazing views over the Oslo fjord and plentiful bird life. This concert – part two of the cycle – will be followed by a conversation between the pianist and writer Rob Young on Messiaen’s lifelong obsession with birdsong.
In the evening the piece will conclude in the Marmorsalen at Sentralen, in a ‘salon environment’ where the audience is invited to sit or lie on mattresses, or sit on seats around the piano. This will make for a meditative finale to one of the key works of 20th century piano repertoire.
The seven books of Catalogue d’Oiseaux form the composer’s purest statement about his fascination with this eternal music and the glory of nature. This is a rare opportunity to hear a mater interpreter letting this work fly free in unusual concert spaces.
06.30: Dawn concert at Den Norske Opera & Ballett, Studio B
Meet up at the Stage Door behind Opera House, 06.25 at the latest. Tickets must be shown.
The audience will be guided to the fourth floor. Shoes must be left outside Studio B. Seated space.
After the concert, the audience will be taken to the Opera canteen on the third floor, where light breakfast will be served (included with ticket). Bringing your own breakfast is also permitted.
14.00: Outdoor afternoon concert in Ekebergparken/Havnehagen
Free. We recommend bringing your own blanket or cushions to sit on.
21.00: Evening concert at Sentralen/Marmorsalen
The piano will be positioned in the centre of Marmorsalen. Mattresses and chairs will be placed around the piano, so the audience may either sit or lie down.
In collaboration with Den Norske Opera & Ballet, Ekebergparken and Oslo europeisk miljøhovedstad 2019. Supported by Institut français de Norvège. (Photo: Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen)