“This piece is one of the monuments of piano literature. It is the work of a composer who was a pianist himself and who knew and understood his instrument extremely well. That is why he was able to radically transform the writing of music for this instrument. Due to Boulez’ permanent endeavours to renew himself, each work illustrate a further step on his path of creative exploration. And yet they all contain an effortless energy and creativity. This adventure of playing his entire works for solo piano, and finally, as the crowning piece, the second book of his Structures, marks one of my most intense experiences as a pianist.
Pierre-Laurent Aimard 2011