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Music

You leave awe-struck but also a bit frazzled: Holland Festival’s Aus Licht reviewed

13 July 2019

9:00 AM

13 July 2019

9:00 AM

In Stockhausen’s Klavierstück XI hands become fists, arms and elbows clubs, shoving, pounding and ker-pow-ing the keyboard to near oblivion. No wonder Pierre-Laurent Aimard had slipped on a pair of gloves before starting to stop his fingers from bruising or bleeding. The sound created is monstrous, alarming, thrilling. Aimard threw the full weight of his body behind each blow to such an extent that I could see his backside hovering above his stool.

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