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Hélène Grimaud

Friday, September 30, 2016


My Classical Notes

August 26

Grimaud Plays Brahms

My Classical NotesWhile 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:

My Classical Notes

August 21

Helene Grimaud Plays Bach

Ms. Grimaud is known for putting together creative programs. And this CD is no exception. In this recording, Helene Grimaud presents an album with an unusual concept. Bach vs. Bach Transcribed brings together original keyboard works by Bach, together with works by Bach arranged (transcribed) for the piano by composers of later generations: Busoni, Liszt, and Rachmaninov. This is the first time that Hélène Grimaud has recorded Bach – a challenge for any musician. The repertoire includes the famous Well-Tempered Clavier II and the Concerto no. 1 in D minor, the latter performed with Grimaud’s regular collaborators, the Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. Bach “Transcribed” features the Bach/Busoni version of the Chaconne in D minor, the Violin Partita in E major arranged for piano by Rachmaninov, and Liszt’s version of the Prelude and Fugue in A minor. Here is Ms Grimaud, playing Bach’s Harpsichord concerto BWV 1052:




My Classical Notes

August 6

Helene Grimaud Plays for Us

Earlier today I listened to pianist Helene Grimaud performs the first movement of the Beethoven Moonlight sonata. I have always been very demanding of how this piece is interpreted, because so many pianists fail to perform it in a true Legato style. Many pianists shorten the second note of the famous melody, rendering the music to be unstable, and with incorrect rhythm. Ms. Grimaud’s playing was flawless and very satisfying. So… I have for you today more music performed by Helen Grimaud: Hélène Grimaud: Résonances Bartók: Romanian Folk Dances for piano, Sz. 56, BB 68 Berg: Piano Sonata, Op. 1 Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor, S178 Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K310 All performed by Hélène Grimaud (piano) On this CD, Hélène Grimaud presents a solo recital program, which she took on a world-wide tour. The pianist has conceived of works spanning a wide range of emotions and styles, yet all linked by their origin in that singular musical line of succession: the great composers of the Austro-Hungarian empire. Her new album bears the title Résonance, reflecting Grimaud’s imaginative approach to this stimulating compilation of masterpieces. Hélène Grimaud brings all her artistic maturity and a perfect balance between intellect and emotion to bear on highly dramatic sonatas by Mozart – the A minor K.310 – Liszt and Berg, leavened by Bartók’s irresistible Romanian Folk Dances. Here is Ms. Grimaud in Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata:

My Classical Notes

July 26

Piano Daydreams

This is a wonderful collection of solo piano compositions played by different artists, such as Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Lang Lang, and more. Here is a long list of the selections that are recorded for your enjoyment: Bach, J S: Prelude & Fugue Book 1 No. 1 in C major, BWV846: Prelude Hélène Grimaud (piano) Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight’: Adagio sostenuto Daniel Barenboim (piano) Brahms: Intermezzo in E flat major, Op. 117 No. 1 Wilhelm Kempff (piano) Chopin: Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9 No. 2 Daniel Barenboim (piano) Nocturne No. 5 in F sharp major, Op. 15 No. 2 Daniel Barenboim (piano) Prelude Op. 28 No. 4 in E minor Martha Argerich (piano) Prelude Op. 28 No. 7 in A major Martha Argerich (piano) Debussy: Préludes – Book 1: No. 8, La fille aux cheveux de lin Dino Ciani (piano) Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque) Alexis Weissenberg (piano) Grieg: Lyric Pieces Op. 43: No. 6 – To Spring Mikhail Pletnev (piano) Lyric Pieces Op. 54: No. 4 – Nocturne Andrei Gavrilov (piano) Liszt: Consolation, S. 172 No. 3 in D flat major Daniel Barenboim (piano) Liebestraum, S541 No. 3 (Nocturne in A flat major) Yundi Li (piano) Mendelssohn: Song without Words, Op. 19b No. 1 in E major ‘Sweet Remembrance’ Daniel Barenboim (piano) Song without Words, Op. 30 No. 6 in F sharp minor ‘Venezianisches Gondellied No. 2’ Daniel Barenboim (piano) Rachmaninov: Prelude Op. 23 No. 4 in D major Lazar Berman (piano) Prelude Op. 32 No. 12 in G sharp minor Lilya Zilberstein (piano) Satie: Gymnopédie No. 1 Jean-Marc Luisada (piano) Schubert: Impromptu in G flat major, D899 No. 3 Daniel Barenboim (piano) Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op. 15: Traümerei Lang Lang (piano)



Meeting in Music

March 28

Passion (für) Johannes

A very Happy Easter to all MIMIC's friends. Back to our beloved Johannes Brahms, and a few lovely Mendelssohn classics as a perfect complement... Johannes Brahms Liebeslieder Walzer Op. 52a Neue Liebeslieder Walzer Op. 65a Walzer Op. 39 Ivo Varbanov & Fiammetta Tarli, Piano Duet Omnia ICSM 001 (2013) Johannes Brahms Liebeslieder Walzer Op. 52 Neue Liebeslieder Walzer Op. 65 Robert Schumann Spanische Liebeslieder Op. 138 Barbara Bonney, Soprano, Anne Sofie von Otter, Mezzo-Soprano Kurt Streit, Tenor, Olaf Bär, Baritone Helmut Deutsch, Bengt Forsberg, Piano EMI 5 55430 2 (1994) Johannes Brahms Selected Lieder Elly Ameling, Soprano Rudolf Jansen, Piano Hyperion 66444 (1993) Johannes Brahms Selected Lieder Jessye Norman, Soprano Wolfram Christ, Viola Daniel Barenboim, Piano DGG 459 469-2 (1982) Johannes Brahms Clarinet Quintet Op. 115 in B Minor Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Clarinet Quintet K. 581 in A Major David Shifrin, Clarinet Emerson String Quartet DGG 459 641-2 (1998) Johannes Brahms Cello Sonata No. 1 Op. 38 in E Minor Cello Sonata No. 2 Op. 99 in F Major Johann Sebastian Bach Cello Sonata BWV 1027 in G Major Pierre Fournier, Cello Wilhelm Backhaus, Piano Decca 425 973-2 (1955) Johannes Brahms Cello Sonata No. 1 Op. 38 in E Minor Cello Sonata No. 2 Op. 99 in F Major Intermezzi from Opp. 117, 118, 119 Gregor Piatigorsky, Cello Artur Rubinstein, Piano RCA 09026 62592 2 (1966) Johannes Brahms Capriccio Op. 76 No. 1 in F-Sharp Minor Rhapsodies Op. 79 Intermezzo Op. 118 No. 2 in A Major Intermezzi Op. 117 Ivo Pogorelich, Piano DGG 437 460-2 (1992) Johannes Brahms Variations on a Theme by Paganini Op. 35 Intermezzi Op. 117 Klavierstücke Op. 118 Lilya Zilberstein, Piano DGG 459 297-2 (1990) Johannes Brahms Piano Sonata No. 3 Op. 5 in F Minor Ballades Op. 10 Nos. 1 & 3 Intermezzi Op. 117 No. 2; Op. 116 Nos. 2 & 6 Rhapsody Op. 119 No. 4 Barry Douglas, Piano Chandos 10757 (2012) Johannes Brahms Variations on a Theme by Schumann Op. 9 Intermezzi Op. 117 Klavierstücke Op. 118 Daniel Levy, Piano Edelweiss 1001 (1988) Johannes Brahms Variations on a Theme by Schumann Op. 9 Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel Op. 24 Variations on a Hungarian Song Op. 21 No. 2 Theme and Variation after the String Sextet Op. 18 Mikhail Rudy, Piano EMI 5 55167 2 (1994) Johannes Brahms String Quartet Op. 51a No. 1 in C Minor String Quartet Op. 51a No. 2 in A Minor Tiziana Moneta & Gabriele Rota, Piano Duet La Bottega Discantica 33 (1997) Johannes Brahms Ballades Op. 10 Intermezzi Op. 117 Klavierstücke Op. 76, 118, 119 Rhapsodies Op. 79 Fantasien Op. 116 Håkon Austbø, Piano Brilliant 99941 (2002) Johannes Brahms Piano Quartet No. 1 Op. 25 in G Minor Murray Perahia, Piano Members of the Amadeus Quartet Sony SK 42 361 (1986) Johannes Brahms Piano Quartet No. 1 Op. 25 in G Minor Piano Quartet No. 2 Op. 26 in A Major Piano Quartet No. 3 Op. 60 in C Major Derek Han, Piano Isabelle Faust, Violin Bruno Giuranna, Viola Alain Meunier, Cello Briliant 93040 (1996) Johannes Brahms Piano Quintet Op. 34 in F Minor Hans Werner Henze Piano Quintet Peter Serkin, Piano Guarneri Quartet Philips 446 710-2 (1995) Johannes Brahms Rinaldo Op. 50 Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 2 Op. 36 in D Major Johan Botha, Tenor Wiener Staatsopernchor Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien Bertrand de Billy Oehms Classics 673 (2010) Johannes Brahms Alto Rhapsody Op. 53 Schicksalslied Op. 54 Gesang der Parzen Op. 89 Nänie Op. 82 Marjana Lipovšek, Mezzo-SopranoErnst-Senff Chor & Rundfunkchor Berlin Berliner Philharmoniker Claudio Abbado DGG 435 791-2 (1991) Johannes Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem Op. 45 Cheryl Studer, Soprano, Andreas Schmidt, BaritoneSwedish Radio Chorus & Eric-Ericson-Kammerchor Berliner Philharmoniker Claudio Abbado DGG 437 517-2 (1992) Johannes Brahms Double Concerto Op. 102 in A Minor Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 Op. 37 in C Minor Lisa Batiashvili, Violin, Alban Gerhardt, CelloAshley Wass, Piano BBC Philharmonic Yan Pascal Tortelier Vassily Sinaisky (Beethoven) BBC MM221 (2002) Johannes Brahms Violin Concerto Op. 77 in D Major Double Concerto Op. 102 in A Minor Itzhak Perlman, Violin, Mstislav Rostropovich, Cello St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Eleazar de CarvalhoLondon Symphony Orchestra Gennady Rozhdestvensky (Double Concerto) Intaglio 7131 (1968-1967)Johannes Brahms Violin Concerto Op. 77 in D Major Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Violin Concerto Op. 64 in E Minor Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin Berliner Philharmoniker Herbert von Karajan DGG 445 515-2 (1981) Johannes Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 Op. 15 in D Minor Hélène Grimaud, Piano Staatskapelle Berlin Kurt Sanderling Erato 3984-21633-2 (1997) Johannes Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 Op. 15 in D Minor Violin Sonata No. 1 Op. 78 in G Major Rudolf Serkin, Piano Adolf Busch, Violin Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Fritz Reiner Sound Archive Collection (1946-1931) Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 1 Op. 68 in C Minor Symphony No. 3 Op. 90 in F Major Clara Schumann Selected Lieder Felicity Lott, Soprano, Wolfgang Holzmair, Baritone Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano 'Giuseppe Verdi' John Axelrod Telarc 34 659-02 (2013) Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 2 Op. 73 in D Major Symphony No. 4 Op. 98 in E Minor Clara Schumann Selected Lieder Indra Thomas, Nicole Cabell, Soprano Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano 'Giuseppe Verdi' John Axelrod Telarc 34 658-02 (2013) Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Symphony No. 4 Op. 90 in A Major 'Italian' Gioacchino Rossini Overtures from Il Barbiere di Siviglia & L'Italiana in Algeri Giacomo Puccini Te Deum (from Tosca's 1st Act) Ruggero Raimondi, Baritone Orchestra e Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Myung-Whun Chung Fonè 97 F 07 (1997) Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Two Pianos Concerto in E Major Two Pianos Concerto in A-Flat Major Begoña Uriarte & Karl-Hermann Mrongovius, Piano Duo Bamberger Symphoniker Antoni Wit Arts 47621-2 (2000) Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Violin Concerto Op. 64 in E Minor Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt Op. 27Carl CzernySymphony No. 1 Op. 780 in C Minor Tasmin Little, Violin BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Stefan Solyom Ulster Orchestra Nicholas Braithwaite, Jurjen Hempel BBC MM260 (2005) Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Violin Concerto Op. 64 in E Minor Jean Sibelius Violin Concerto Op 47 in D Minor Sarah Chang, Violin Berliner Philharmoniker Mariss Jansons EMI 5 56418 2 (1996) Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Piano Trio No. 1 Op. 49 in D Minor Piano Trio No. 2 Op. 66 in C Minor The Florestan Trio Hyperion 67485 (2005)Johannes Brahms Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in G, Op. 78 Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in A, Op. 100 Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 108 Lorin Maazel, Violin Yefim Bronfman, Piano Milan, Sala grande del Conservatorio, 2001 - RAI Digital Archives Flac & Scans More Brahms posts by Davide: Summer Nights #8 (September 3rd, 2014) Summer Nights #7 (August 28th, 2014) The Symphonies by James Levine (July 31st, 2014) Piano & Chamber Music Gems (October 29th, 2012) The Duo Sonatas (July 28th, 2012)

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