End of Season in Europe

End of season

Hélène Grimaud with Jan Vogler, rehearsal © Mat Hennek

Last week, Hélène concluded her busy summer period in Europe, which included performances at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival with NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester and in recital, and further performances at the Klavier Festival Ruhr with Jan Vogler. She received commendable reviews for all.

1st & 2nd July, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival / NDR / Thomas Hengelbrock
“It sounds organic, as the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester and Hélène Grimaud interweave motifs, which continue and evolve. In the third movement, the musicians bring Ravel’s wish to the audience: a concert must be cheerful and entertaining! In this presto, Hélène Grimaud’s hands are particularly engaging; her left hand jumps back and forth over the right for several measures, elegant, cheerful, light.” – NDR

“[Daphnis and Chloé] fits perfectly with the interpretation of the G-major piano concerto of Ravel, which is spiced with accents… The almost percussive and sovereign virtuosic clarity within the flashing series of cascades [was] melodically free.” – Kieler Nachrichten

8th July, Elmshorn Reithalle / Duo, Jan Vogler
“When Hélène Grimaud plays Debussy’s D minor sonata and Jan Vogler brings the strings of his cello to vibrate, one not only hears the strings, the sound and sound waves, but there is a lot more, which is almost indefinable. It is the pedal of the grand piano, which gives a subtle rhythm, it is the arc of delicate waves which go beyond the notes played on the cello. And it is, above all, the almost inexpressible expectation which lies in the deep chords, in the longest fermata, in the soft, gentle transitions somewhere between dissonance and consonance.” – shz

10th July, Klavier Festival Ruhr, Essen / Duo, Jan Vogler
“[It was] fascinating, as Grimaud and Vogler transformed Debussy’s Cello Sonata into a fragrant, light, poem of melodies, giving the instruments fine melodic lines and delicate colours. The opening of the Brahms was dreamy and light-hearted…” – Ruhrnachrichten

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Hélène’s Summer Diary

Hélène Grimaud with Jan Vogler in Redefin, Germany Photo: Mat Hennek

Hélène Grimaud with Jan Vogler in Redefin, Germany
Photo: Mat Hennek

Later this month, Hélène travels to Hamburg to continue her collaboration with fine art photographer, Mat Hennek, performing their project “Woodlands and Beyond…”. She then joins NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester and Thomas Hengelbrock for an all-Ravel programme, as part of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival. She will also perform in recital at the festival, and as a duo with cellist, Jan Vogler. Hélène and Jan will perform together again at the Klavier Festival Ruhr, shortly after, at the Philharmonie Essen.

More information about Hélène’s upcoming performances:

26th June           Elbphilharmonie / Woodlands and Beyond…

1st July               NDR Elbphilharmonie

2nd July              NDR Elbphilharmonie

5th July               Schloss Kiel / Recital

7th July               Schloss Neuhardenberg / Jan Vogler

10th July             Klavier Festival Ruhr / Jan Vogler

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Asia Recital Tour 2017

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Hélène’s 2017 opened with a Duo tour with Sol Gabetta, a series of recitals across Europe, and performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, followed by her latest disc release on Deutsche Grammophon, Perspectives. What next?

Next week, Hélène travels to Seoul to begin her Asia recital tour where she will feature at the Seoul Arts Centre, Xi’an Concert Hall, Beijing NCPA, Wuhan Qintai Concert Hall and Changsha Concert Hall.

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PERSPECTIVES / The Art of Hélène Grimaud

New album “Perspectives”

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The word ‘perspective’ has a Latin root that means ‘to look through’. It is a word that readily applies to Hélène Grimaud’s way of making music and conceiving programs. She never plays a piece simply for the sake of playing it. She ‘looks through’ a composition, scrutinizing its components, its implications, its ambiguities, its position within that particular composer’s output, its commonalities with other like-minded works, and its tactile, spiritual and emotional resonances. For Grimaud, 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, 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 – released April 7th!

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