Composer: Alban Berg, Béla Bartók, Franz Liszt, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Hélène Grimaud – piano
Number of Discs: 1 CD
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Bit Depth: 24bit / 96kHz
Number of channels: 2.0
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Size: 1.03 GB
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Hélène Grimaud / Berg, Bartok, Liszt, Mozart – Resonances
Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K310 21:10
01. I. Allegro maestoso 7:54
02. II. Andante cantabile con espressione 10:21
03. III. Presto 2:55
04. Berg: Piano Sonata, Op. 1 11:36
05. Mässig bewegt – Langsames Tempo – Quasi Adagio 11:36
06. Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor, S178 30:12
Lento assai – Allegro energico – Grandioso – Recitativo – Andante sostenuto – Quasi Adagio – Allegro energico – Più mosso – Stretta quasi Presto – Presto-Prestissimo – Andante sostenuto – Allegro moderato – Lento assai
Bartók: 6 Roumanian Folk Dances, BB 68, Sz. 56 5:31
07. I. Stick Dance 1:08
08. II. Sash Dance 0:28
09. III. Stamping Dance 1:05
10. IV. Dance of Buchum 1:22
11. V. Roumanian Polka 0:29
12. VI. Fast Dance 0:59
After a brief absence from the concert platform, Hélène Grimaud is back and presenting a brand new solo recital programme, which she will take on a world-wide tour during the upcoming concert season.
The pianist has conceived another programme of works spanning a wide range of emotions and styles, yet all linked by their origin in that singular musical line of succession: the great composers of the Austro-Hungarian empire. Her new album bears the title Résonance, reflecting Grimaud’s imaginative approach to this stimulating compilation of masterpieces.
Hélène Grimaud brings all her artistic maturity and a perfect balance between intellect and emotion to bear on highly dramatic sonatas by Mozart – the A minor K.310 – Liszt and Berg, leavened by Bartók’s irresistible Romanian Folk Dances.
For Grimaud the keystone here is Alban Berg’s hyper-charged, ultra-romantic Opus 1. In this highly concentrated work, the fascinating interrelationships, resonances, between the composers and pieces are summarized and condensed. “This is a music drama in the miniature form of a single-movement sonata,” comments Grimaud, “a maximum of expression that seems to emanate directly from the heart – contained within a piece of incredibly clear structure.”
BBC Music Magazine
Mozart’s A minor Sonata comes through the Grimaud experience much the best. Her booklet interview gives an intriguing view of the composer…and her way of bringing out the music’s dramatic, pre-Beethoven manner convinces strongly…In Liszt’s Sonata she deploys her technical command with total fearlessness
Classic FM Magazine
The Liszt Piano Sonata…is given a powerful and fluent reading that gets to the heart of the piece…skip the Mozart, sample the Berg and revel in the outstanding performance of the Liszt and the delightful Bartok.
International Record Review
This richly varied selection of works…opens with probably the most powerful of Mozart’s two minor-key sonatas and Grimaud’s interpretation is suitably involved and full-blooded…Her ardour and romanticism are entirely suited to the Berg and Liszt Sonatas: the technical challenges are effortlessly overcome and the tonal architecture is clearly paramount.
The best is Bartók’s Romanian Folk Dances — a pungent coda