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Hélène Grimaud

Monday, June 26, 2017


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April 13

Helene Grimaud’s Perspectives

My Classical NotesPerspectives: Hélène Grimaud Bach, J S: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier I, BWV846-869 (excerpts) Bartók: Romanian Folk Dances for piano, Sz. 56, BB 68 Brahms: Waltz, Op. 39 No. 15 in A flat major Chopin: Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57 Prelude Op. 28 No. 15 in D flat major ‘Raindrop’ Debussy: Préludes – Book 1: No. 10, La cathédrale engloutie Liszt: Les jeux d’eaux à la Villa d’Este (Années de pèlerinage III, S. 163 No. 4) Prelude and Fugue in a minor, BWV 543 (J.S. Bach), S. 462/1 Sgambati: Melodie from Gluck’s ‘Orfeo ed Euridice’ Ms. Grimaud also plays individual movements from solo works and concertos by JS Bach, Brahms, Beethoven, Mozart, Rachmaninov and Schumann. All performed by Hélène Grimaud (piano) For each successive Deutsche Grammophon release to date, pianist Helene Grimaud has created carefully considered (and occasionally provocative) contexts. For Hélène, this collection is a retrospective offering new perspectives through a very personal choice of repertoire which creates enlightening new echoes between works. From Bach to Rachmaninov, Mozart to Chopin, Hélène Grimaud’s own selection of highlights from her albums reflects her artistic journey through the piano’s most famous solo and concerto repertoire in a series of interpretations that never fail to offer new perspectives on even the most familiar music.

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April 4

What goes round: Steven Isserlis wins 25 grand

Press Release, April 4, 2017 Steven Isserlis is the Recipient of the 2017 »Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward« Music is essential for childhood development – thus the conviction of the British cellist Steven Isserlis. In addition to his performances as a celebrated concert soloist with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, composing and playing for children are important focal points of his work. Furthermore, he has published three books for children recounting the lives of famous composers in an anecdotal and informative manner, and he gives master classes all over the world. Doubtlessly, this makes Steven Isserlis one of the »torch-bearers« of the international classical music scene. In recognition of his special achievements in music education and his support for young professional musicians, he will receive the 2017 »Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward« during the 40th Dresden Music Festival. The award will be presented to Isserlis on May 23, 2017 as part of his concert with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, which performs under Vladimir Jurowski’s baton at Dresden’s Kulturpalast. »Steven Isserlis is not only one of the most interesting and expressive cellists of our times, he is also a musician who has gotten involved in multiple creative ways in the events of our times: he writes children’s books, comments philosophically on music and society, and keeps presenting new works. I am delighted that for the first time in the award’s history, a fellow cellist will be honored with the ›Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward‹,« says Jan Vogler, Intendant of the Dresden Music Festival. Bearing a cash value of 25,000 Euros, the »Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward« will be donated by the watchmaking company Glashütte Original for the 14th time in 2017 and presented in ccoperation with the Dresden Music Festival. As in past years, the award constructed by two students at the company’s own watchmaking school »Alfred Helwig«. Previous prize winners include such artist personalities as Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic, Hélène Grimaud, Hilary Hahn, the fado singer Mariza and Andris Nelsons.






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August 26

Grimaud Plays Brahms

While this CD is not new, it represents an amazing set of performances, so it deserves to be heard! Helene Grimaud performs both piano concertos by Brahms. Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15, with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83, with the Wiener Philharmoniker Performed by Hélène Grimaud (piano), and conducted by Andris Nelsons. This is romantic music-making from one of the world’s most captivating pianists. These are deeply personal interpretations of the dark, passionate sound-worlds of both Brahms piano concertos. A unique, multi-faceted artist who continues to push creative boundaries, Grimaud is one of few pianists to conquer the monumental dimensions of both works. Recorded at Vienna’s legendary Musikverein, the 2nd Piano Concerto marks Grimaud’s debut recording with the celebrated Wiener Philharmoniker; coupled with the equally coveted Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks for the 1st Concerto, Grimaud has discovered exemplary musical counterparts. Conductor Andris Nelsons – dubbed “Der Wunderdirigent” by the Süddeutsche Zeitung – is one of today’s most exciting interpreters of Romantic repertoire. BBC Music Magazine wrote: “a superb pianist at the height of her powers […] teamed to a conductor with whom she seems to have instinctive rapport…there’s drama aplenty in the big first movement of the [Second] Concerto. Nelsons secures some delightfully pointed orchestral playing in No. 1’s finale, and really creates the restorative calm of No. 2’s slow movement.” Here is Ms. Grimaud in the music of Brahms:

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