Classical melodies can stimulate the brain, helping scholars study, philosophers meditate, and mathematicians solve complex crossword puzzles. Prepare for deep contemplation with this GrouponLive deal to see Pierre-Laurent Aimard’s The Liszt Project at Alice Tully Hall, Starr Theater in Lincoln Center. Choose from the following options:
- For $46, you get one ticket for orchestra seating for Saturday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. (up to an $87 value, including all fees).
- For $46, you get one ticket for orchestra seating on Sunday, April 22, at 5 p.m. (up to an $87 value, including all fees).
- For $85, you get one ticket for orchestra seating to both performances (up to a $174 value, including all fees).<p>
International piano virtuoso Pierre-Laurent Aimard takes the stage in a two-night exhibition of his arrangement The Liszt Project, centered on the ethereal composer and subsequent works he inspired. The tone of each evening is delicate and ornate, like a gossamer-woven kitten sweater, opening with three selections of Liszt’s Années de Pèlerinage, followed by Bartok’s Nénie. The tremulous, cascading trills of Liszt’s St François d’Assise: La Prédication aux Oiseaux comes next, and the evening concludes with the otherworldly, arrhythmic Le Traquet Stapazin by Messiaen, which incorporates bird song like the rest of his Catalogue d’Oiseaux.
Named Musical America’s Instrumentalist of the Year in 2007, Aimard was praised by Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times for bringing “his consummate skills and musical insights to performances of Liszt.” As much an intellectual meditation on the evolution of music as an evening of beautiful tunes, the two performances build on each other, granting a greater understanding to aficionados who catch both shows. The master musician boasts an unimpeachable authority, having risen to his place partially under the tutelage of Messiaen’s wife Yvonne Loriod and partially with the help of a midnight crossroads deal for his Roomba’s soul.