To the Palais de Beaux Arts to hear the Bamberger Symphoniker playing Schönberg, Berg, Varèse and Bartok. The Schönberg (Drei Klavierstücke) and the Bartok (Concerto for piano and orchestra N° 1) were played by the ubiquitous Pierre-Laurent Aimard. He seems timeless and I was surprised, on reading the programme notes, to discover that he is the same age as me, 51. There is more than a little of the Sviatoslav Richter about him, with his close attention to the score, expansive repertoire and apparently effortless pianistic pyrotechnics. How does he do it?