“Pure, raw energy”

“Was practicing Mozart really so bad, Madame Grimaud? Given the intermittent brutality with which French pianist Hélène Grimaud approached the A minor Sonata, this is a legitimate question.

“As if unleashing the bane of early childhood trauma on the masterpiece, she whipped her way through the opening Allegro with the speed of a Presto on Thursday evening. She gave the audience no mercy right up to the last note. Not even the Andante cantabile moments were left to breathe. This powerful approach has been so consistent, so technically sound that it was captivating and leaves you waiting with baited breath for her first-ever Mozart recording …”

Read the full review of Hélène Grimaud’s Vienna recital in German online at the Wiener Zeitung

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The Detroit Symphony looks ahead at upcoming performances of Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 with Hélène and Neeme Järvi in March


Music Director Emeritus Neeme Jarvi returns to lead a newly-adapted suite from Wagner’s exhilarating “Die Meistersinger” and the acclaimed Helene Grimaud joins him for Brahms’ majestic Piano Concerto No. 1. After a recent performance by Ms. Grimaud, the Mercury News raved, “a display of finger elasticity and strength that would have made the composer’s jaw drop.”

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The Istanbul Music Festival announces its 40th Annual Programme


World-renowned virtuosos Hélène Grimaud and Anne-Sophie Mutter, Turkish pianist/composer Fazil Say, the Ensemble Wien Berlin and the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir are among the stars of this summer’s Istanbul International Music Festival, the organizers of Turkey’s foremost annual classical music event announced on Tuesday.

The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Art’s (IKSV) music festival will this year mark its 40th anniversary with a month-long program running from May 31 through June 29 that will feature 23 performances, two of them world premieres.

The 40th festival will see over 750 performers take to the stage in a range of symphonic chamber music and vocal performances and recitals, the IKSV announced at a news conference held in Istanbul on Tuesday.

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