Austria’s Krone Zeitung reviews Hélène Grimaud’s performance of Beethoven Piano Concerto no. 5 at the Musikverein:
“A spectacular evening at the Musikverein. Cheers and bravos for the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and especially for the pianist Hélène Grimaud and the conductor Andris Nelsons.
“Grimaud’s performance of Beethoven’s 5th Piano Concerto is impressive: Romance or even sentimental moments are not her thing. She loves objectivity and clarity. The contours are sharp, clear linkages of themes and motifs. And impressive is the combination between pianistic elegance and personal expression. In the Adagio she lets her touch sing.
Nelson and the Bavarians are her sultry, sophisticated dialogue partners…”