Hélène Grimaud: Dances with Pianos and Wolves

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

As WQXR celebrates Powerhouse Pianists throughout January, we spotlight a pianist who is known to give the keyboard a workout. Hélène Grimaud is frequently admired for her enormous technical command and her keen musical curiosity, two qualities that inspire her latest album, "Resonances."

This solo recording takes a musical journey through sonatas by Mozart, Liszt and Berg, along with the Romanian Dances by Béla Bartók. Grimaud is also an author whose memoir is called Variations Sauvages, and she’s the founder of the Wolf Conservation Center, an educational facility in Salem, NY. She recently sat down with Jeff Spurgeon.

♦ On the notion of being a “Powerhouse Pianist":

    ♦ On "Resonances," Grimaud’s new concept album that traces a musical-geographic journey through the former Austro-Hungarian Empire:

    ♦ On making conceptual recordings, the fact that Schumann is the "worst-selling composer," and her 25-year recording career:

    ♦ On the Wolf Conservation Center, a sanctuary she co-founded in 1999:



    View the Trailer for "Resonances":

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    Jeff Spurgeon

    Produced by:

    Brian Wise

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    Comments [7]

    Harald Pedersen

    It seems for me that Helene Grimaud has that sharpening affect on others she plays with. Her way of playing sertenly did that to me. Thank you!

    Oct. 06 2011 05:56 PM
    LASSAL

    QUE VOUS FAITES BIEN RESONNER LE PIANO ON NE SE CONNAIT PAS JE SUIS MOI AUSSI PIANISTE; C'EST MAGNIFIQUE QUE VOUS SAVEZ BIEN FAIRE SONNER LES PETITES CLOCHETTES ET EVOLUER AUSSI DANS L'INVISBLE, L'ETRANGE JE VOUS FELICITE Sabine

    Jan. 31 2011 03:57 AM
    椋代能行 from Osaka, Japan

    It's not Rachmaninoff Opus 40 but 2nd.

    Jan. 30 2011 08:11 PM
    William Price from New York City

    Meeting her in person several years ago after a performance of the Rachmaninoff Third Piano Concerto at Avery Fisher Hall I was totally captivatedy her talent ,mystique and charm. She is alluring much like those her preserves and protects the wolves. W.J. Price

    Jan. 29 2011 02:53 PM
    Monica from Brooklyn

    What a perceptive, sensitive and intelligent woman she comes across as. No wonder she plays the way she does...

    Jan. 29 2011 12:42 PM
    Michael Meltzer

    After reading Mr. Oestreich's article in the Friday NY Times, it might be appropriate to add "fortitude" to the adjectives.

    Jan. 29 2011 01:41 AM
    Michael Meltzer

    Her take on the Liszt Sonata and her respect for it is a compelling reason to buy the CD. Every pianist approaches it differently, but all seem to have that respect. To me, the Sonata seems to show in a very strong way whatever is unique and different about the pianist playing it, as do the Schumann Carnaval and the Brahms opus 76's.
    Most composers reserve their loftiest efforts for their string quartet or quartets. Liszt never wrote a string quartet, but the Sonata seems to have had from him the same kind of reverent attention.

    Jan. 27 2011 05:01 AM

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