Yesterday I attended a concert by Pierre-Laurent Aimard. It was an all-Debussy concert; he played both books of Preludes. I sat in the eighth row directly in front of the piano (by the front leg) I've sat through all the preludes before, but not in this position relative to the piano. Aimard's playing was very nice, although, I admit I don't know all the preludes very well, so I can't say if he botched anything up or not. I heard a couple little fluffs, but nothing bad. Anyway, sitting where I sat felt like all the beautiful harmonies and colors washed right over me, which was a nice sensation. And I really like the last prelude in book 1--"Minstrels". It's so fun! Not sure how difficult it is to play--it's coming off my printer as I type this. I see we don't have it on the site and wonder if that's because it's too hard? Guess I'll find out.... I'm sure Aimard has played this music many, many times, but it looked like he still enjoys playing it, going by his facial expressions and body language. But he didn't play any encore, and he dressed rather casually - black pants and a black shirt--not tucked in, with a black t-shirt showing through the open neck. That's always interesting to me - to see how these professionals present themselves. Some dress formally, and some don't.