“Memory” Recital Tour

Photo © Mat Hennek

Photo © Mat Hennek

After a short break following her latest tour with Andris Nelsons and the Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig, Hélène returns to the concert stage, this time in recital. She will perform a programme inspired by Memory, from her latest disc of miniatures, including romantic and impressionistic piano works from Chopin to Debussy, Satie to Silvestrov, and closing with Schumann’s Kreisleriana. Hélène will perform in Mannheim, Bremen, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Amsterdam and Brussels.

Upcoming recital performances:

2nd Feb, 20:00
Congress Centre Rosengarten, Mannheim

3rd Feb, 18:00
Die Glocke, Bremen

6th Feb, 20:00
Alte Oper, Frankfurt

8th Feb, 20:00
Tonhalle, Dusseldorf

10th Feb, 20:15
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

12th Feb, 20:15
Flagey, Brussels

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Season 2019 starts with Schumann

Photo © Mat Hennek / DG

Photo © Mat Hennek / DG

Hélène starts the year by joining Andris Nelsons and the Leipzig Gewandhaus for performances of the Schumann Piano Concerto in their home city and then at some of Europe’s most prestigious venues – the Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg; Gasteig Munich; Philharmonie, Paris; Philharmonie Luxembourg and the Musikverein, Vienna.

Hélène then stays on in Europe, performing her new recital programme in Mannheim, Bremen, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Amsterdam and Brussels.

Date City Venue Country
Sep 26, 2019 http://helenegrimaud.com/concerts Hélène Grimaud in Nice Théâtre de l’Opéra France
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major
Hélène Grimaud
Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice
Conductor: Lionel Bringuier
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Sep 27, 2019 http://helenegrimaud.com/concerts Hélène Grimaud in Nice Théâtre de l’Opéra France
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major
Hélène Grimaud
Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice
Conductor: Lionel Bringuier
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Sep 29, 2019 http://helenegrimaud.com/concerts Hélène Grimaud in Brussels Flagey Belgium
Recital (new season programme)

Valentin Silvestrov Bagatelle I
Claude Debussy Arabesque no. 1
Valentin Silvestrov Bagatelle II
Erik Satie Gnossienne no. 4
Frederic Chopin Nocturne no.19 in E minor opus 72 no. 1
Erik Satie Gnossienne no. 1
Erik Satie Six pieces froides IV – Danses de travers no. 1 / En y regardant à deux fois
Claude Debussy La plus que lente
Frederic Chopin Mazurka opus 17 no. 4 in A minor
Frederic Chopin Waltz no. 3 opus 34 no. 2 in A minor
Claude Debussy Clair de lune from Suite bergamasque
Claude Debussy Reverie
Erik Satie Six pieces froides V – Danses de travers no. 2 / “Passer”

Schumann: Kreisleriana Op. 16
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Oct 2, 2019 http://helenegrimaud.com/concerts Hélène Grimaud in Luxembourg Philharmonie Luxembourg Luxembourg
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major
Hélène Grimaud
MusicAeterna
Conductor: Teodor Currentzis
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Oct 8, 2019 http://helenegrimaud.com/concerts Hélène Grimaud in Munich Gasteig Hall Germany
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major
Hélène Grimaud
MusicAeterna
Conductor: Teodor Currentzis
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Jan 9, 2020 http://helenegrimaud.com/concerts Hélène Grimaud in Bamberg Konzerthalle Germany
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466
Hélène Grimaud
Bamberger Symphoniker
Conductor: Jakub Hrůša
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Jan 10, 2020 http://helenegrimaud.com/concerts Hélène Grimaud in Bamberg Konzerthalle Germany
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466
Hélène Grimaud
Bamberger Symphoniker
Conductor: Jakub Hrůša
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Jan 11, 2020 http://helenegrimaud.com/concerts Hélène Grimaud in Baden-Baden Festspielhaus Germany
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466
Hélène Grimaud
Bamberger Symphoniker
Conductor: Jakub Hrůša
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Jan 12, 2020 http://helenegrimaud.com/concerts Hélène Grimaud in Munich Gasteig Hall Germany
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466
Hélène Grimaud
Bamberger Symphoniker
Conductor: Jakub Hrůša
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Jan 15, 2020 http://helenegrimaud.com/concerts Hélène Grimaud in Bamberg Konzerthalle Germany
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major
Hélène Grimaud
Bamberger Symphoniker
Conductor: Jakub Hrůša
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Jan 17, 2020 http://helenegrimaud.com/concerts Hélène Grimaud in Essen Essen Philharmonie Germany
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major
Hélène Grimaud
Bamberger Symphoniker
Conductor: Jakub Hrůša
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Jan 18, 2020 http://helenegrimaud.com/concerts Hélène Grimaud in Köln Kölner Philharmonie Germany
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major
Hélène Grimaud
Bamberger Symphoniker
Conductor: Jakub Hrůša
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Jan 19, 2020 http://helenegrimaud.com/concerts Hélène Grimaud in Frankfurt Alte Oper Frankfurt Germany
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major
Hélène Grimaud
Bamberger Symphoniker
Conductor: Jakub Hrůša
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Autumn in Asia

Helene Grimaud autumn

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Coming up this autumn, Hélène will return to Asia on a tour including concerti performances and recitals across China, Japan, Taiwan and Korea.

She begins the tour in October with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra and Mihail Gerts, performing a programme including both Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no.4 and Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G. Heading to Seoul, she will join the KBS Symphony and Yoel Levi for concerts at Seoul Arts Center and Lotte Hall, and then on to China where she performs with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra. With the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra and Alan Gilbert, Hélène will perform at the Shanghai Concert Hall, Kyoto Concert Hall, Suntory Hall, Nagoya Shimin Kaikan and the NHK Hall. She finishes off the tour with recitals in Japan.

View the tour concert dates on Hélène’s calendar 

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Hélène Grimaud’s new Deutsche Grammophon album, Memory, stirs profound emotions through the elegant simplicity of miniatures by Chopin, Debussy, Satie, Valentin Silvestrov and Nitin Sawhney

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Memory cover

Music has been described as a means of rescuing that which is lost – a simple yet persuasive idea and one which informs Hélène Grimaud’s working definition of the art form. The French pianist’s latest Deutsche Grammophon recording addresses music’s unique ability to bring images of the past back to life in the present moment, to conjure up vivid evocations of time and place. Memory explores the nature of recollection through a series of exquisite pianistic miniatures. Grimaud’s choice of repertoire embraces everything from impressionistic reveries by Chopin and Debussy to the timeless, folk-like melodies of Valentin Silvestrov.

https://youtu.be/aSI8Urfq0FM

Memory and music make perfect partners. Both are fleeting, never fixed, always subject to interpretation. Our identities are formed from memories, just as so many of our most enduring experiences are rooted in music. Hélène Grimaud wanted to explore the universal nature of memory, its place in the lives of us all. Memory, she explains, uses music to probe the many levels of human consciousness.

“Music peels back the layers of time to reveal the essence of experience,” she observes. “Momentary pain, distress, elation, fades – what remains is sensation. Sensation is the resonance of experience in the space of memory. And it is the space where music resonates within each of us – touching us, moving us, bringing us closer to ourselves. In that way, music can also help remind us that for all in our daily lives that is trivial, there’s a place where meaning is stored. And that it is not forgetfulness that is our burden, but the capacity to reflect and remember that is the wonder of being alive.” The pianist’s eloquent discourse on memory touches both the universal and the particular. It reveals, above all, much about her sensibility for music as a natural process, one shaped in the moment of creation and re-creation by instinct and intuition.

Memory follows in the wake of Grimaud’s Water album, a thought-provoking consideration of the world’s most precious resource. Her latest release complements its predecessor, not least by exploring another condition of life all too easily taken for granted until it begins to disappear.

Grimaud chose compositions that speak directly to memory, creating a programme of works which through their simplicity can bypass the barriers of rational thinking to unlock powerful moods, feelings and sensations. These miniatures are not weighty structures; rather, they possess what she aptly describes as immaterial qualities. Each of the album’s fifteen tracks suggests fleeting impressions of a thought recollected, a dream reimagined, an experience recalled to mind. Memory, she says, “serves to conjure atmospheres of fragile reflection, a mirage of what was – or what could have been”.

Her artistry flourished in the sacred space of the Himmelfahrtskirche in Munich’s Sendling district. The recording venue, a former beer hall converted into a church a century ago, made a lasting impression on her. “The feeling of being alone in a cavernous, resonant space, a building itself constructed as a vessel for spiritual introspection, was immersive,” she recalls. “I am not necessarily a natural colourist yet to be surrounded by resonance – of the notes and between the notes – profoundly changes one’s concept of producing sound. The music must be so transparent as to allow the poetry to shimmer though.”

For composers, memory plays a central role in transmitting influence. Debussy, for instance, absorbed formative lessons from his studies of Chopin and recalled them later in life when composing pieces such as Rêverie and La plus que lente. His musical language also drew impressions from the harmonies of his friend Erik Satie. The points of coincidence emerge clearly in Memory.

Hélène Grimaud highlights the meditative character of works by all three composers, surrounding the heartfelt nostalgia of Chopin’s Nocturne in E minor Op.72 No.1 with a sequence of Satie’s minimalist miniatures, the first of his famous sets of Gnossiennes and Gymnopédies among them. The pianist also spotlights the common ground between two of Silvestrov’s subtle Bagatelles, products of the early 2000s, and Debussy’s beguiling Arabesque No.1 in E major, an early work inspired by the elegant lines and curves of Nature.

Hélène Grimaud compares Valentin Silvestrov’s keyboard miniatures to the image of ‘breathing light’, a poetic metaphor that might easily stand for the haunting impressions left by Memory.


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