Hélène Grimaud, piano
Intuitionist: In all she plays, pianist Hélène Grimaud reveals a searching and singular voice. This week from the stage of New York City's Academy of Arts and Letters—a suitable setting for an artist whose earliest creative discoveries were often literary—she brings alive three companionable forms. Opening with "Fantasia on an Ostinato," John Corigliano's hypnotic homage to Beethoven's Seventh Symphony, she continues with a pair of rhapsodies by Johannes Brahms and a trio of Sergey Rakhmaninov's Étude Tableaux. Ms. Grimaud fathoms each composer's distinct vision with uncompromising faith in her own.
MUSIC PLAYED IN THE PROGRAM
- John Corigliano: Fantasia on an Ostinato
- Johannes Brahms: Rhapsody, Op. 79, Nos. 1, 2
- Sergei Rachmaninov: Etude Tableaux, Op. 33, Nos. 1, 2, 8
POSTED BY VAUGHN ORMSETH ON AUGUST 16, 2006
We recorded this program, Hélène Grimaud’s second for Saint Paul Sunday, at our favorite New York City space, the concert hall of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. It seemed especially fitting for her. The daughter of linguists, Hélène’s first artistic explorations were with writers and books (the German Romantic poet Novalis in particular); music came a little later. (more)