After an incredible tour with the Australian Youth Orchestra this summer, Hélène Grimaud begins the autumn season performing with Orchestre Métropolitan Montreal and Yannick Nézet-Séguin on 6 October. From Montreal, Hélène travels to Abu Dhabi where she will perform her water inspired recital programme, before continuing on to Europe for a tour, rejoining Yannick Nézet-Séguin, with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. This November, Hélène will also join forces with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons as part of their Brahms festival, and continues her US tour with Manfred Honeck and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, as well as performing recitals in Arizona, California and Maryland.
Grimaud, a pianist whose grasp of the Romantic sensibility (especially the willingness to risk and commit all in pursuit of an artistic goal) is total, has a field day with it here. From the downbeat of the stormy, rhythmically a-blur “Äusserst bewegt,” this is a Kreisleriana that holds nothing back.