When Franz Liszt wrote The Fountains of the Villa d’Este, he added a Latin quotation from the Gospel of St. John. It says: “But the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up into eternal life.”
WQXR New York, 16 February 2016
(Courtesy Deutsche Grammophon) Pianist Hélène Grimaud’s new album is all wet. That’s not a judgment, it’s a simple description. The album is called Water, and Grimaud says the idea for it bubbled up from the frequency of piano music depicting exactly that.
90.1 WABE Atlanta, 15 February 2016
Last winter, pianist Hélène Grimaud had a rather unconventional recital. In collaboration with artist Douglas Gordon, she performed at New York City’s Park Avenue Armory, while it was flooded with water. That recital led to her latest album, “Water,” which was just released on the Deutsche Grammophon label.