The Mandarin Oriental’s online magazine interviews Hélène Grimaud about music, life and wolves
“What was it like having Neeme Järvi back on the podium at Orchestra Hall on Thursday? Like a joyous smile that spread so wide across the face that it almost reached around the back of the head.”
Hélène Grimaud joined Järvi and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for a special reunion concert which brought roars of happiness to concert-goers.
“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 …”
One of Germanys biggest classical festivals, which will take place in over 80 different locations between 9th June and 9th September announced its program for this season.
Among other top-class classical artists Hélène will take part in this year’s festival.
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.”