HÉLÈNE GRIMAUD DAZZLES WITH BRAHMS
Album launch at Steinway’s follows Hamburg concert
© Stefan Schmid
Following a great performance of Brahms’ First Piano Concerto in the Hamburg Laeiszhalle the previous evening, Hélène Grimaud presented her new Brahms album at Steinway & Sons’ legendary piano factory in Hamburg on 13 September.
Guests were welcomed to the launch by Gerrit Glaner, Head of the Concert & Artist Department at Steinway’s, and Mark Wilkinson, President of Deutsche Grammophon, and Grimaud was interviewed at the event by Holger Wemhoff from Klassik Radio.
The superb recording of both concertos is to be released by Deutsche Grammophon on 27 September and celebrates Grimaud’s close affinity with Brahms. Andris Nelsons conducts the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks in the First Concerto and the Vienna Philharmonic in the Second.
With her unmistakable passion and musical conviction, Hélène Grimaud, together with Andris Nelsons and two of the world’s finest orchestras, climbs the “Everest” of the piano concerto repertoire.
“Brahms’ music expresses life stripped to its emotional essence,’ she says. “To perform the First Concerto is to be absorbed into the very drama of the young composer’s life. The Second Concerto is like a vast memoir – a tender, mellifluous meditation.”
Hélène Grimaud is also active as an author, a human rights campaigner and a leading wildlife conservationist, making her one of the most rounded personalities working in music today. Her deep-felt convictions make Grimaud a perfect fit for Brahms’ mature and emotional music.