Water Reflections: an immersive recital from Hélène Grimaud

Hélène Grimaud ****

Barbican Hall, 16th May 2015

Left to our own devices, audience members at the Barbican could have suggested any number of works to fit into Hélène Grimaud’s aquatic-themed recital. In an absorbing programme note, the French pianist explained that her selection wasn’t meant to be exhaustive, hence the absence of some obvious candidates. Nevertheless, the recital programme had lost some Liszt, Debussy and Ravel (Ondine) since its initial announcement, replaced with Brahms’ Second Sonata. Puzzlement indeed, yet last night’s performance was often as astonishing as the programme was surprising.

Hélène Grimaud © Mat Hennek | DG

Hélène Grimaud
© Mat Hennek | DG

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