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Memory

Hélène Grimaud

Helene Grimaud portrait 2020

Grimaud can find a world in a drop of dew. She matches the virtuosity of Schumann with pieces by Satie, Silvestrov, Debussy and Chopin: little universes linked by the concept of recollected time.

Her aim with this programme, she says, is to ‘conjure atmospheres of fragile reflection, a mirage of what was – or what could have been’. But then, Grimaud has been called a renaissance woman – and her painterly, passionate sensibility makes everything she plays glow with colour. Only she, perhaps, could have imagined so elusive a musical concept; certainly, no-one is better equipped to bring it luminously to life.

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