Grimaud plays Mozart & Schumann at Elbphilharmonie
Selecting pieces that are all in minor keys yet composed during intensely creative periods, Grimaud takes an insightful look at the composers.
Hélène Grimaud plays Mozart and Schumann © Mat Hennek
Mozart did not write many works in minor tonalities, but those that he did were particularly impactful. They are also the ones that French pianist Hélène Grimaud most enjoys spending time with because they “provide a glimpse behind the mask of jollity that surrounds many of his famous works.” Selecting pieces that are all in minor keys yet composed during intensely creative periods in both Mozart’s and Schumann’s careers, Grimaud takes an insightful look at the composers and their popularity at the time. Grimaud’s performance in the beautiful hall of Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie is a symbolic representation of an encounter with fate, where drama and tragedy meet, and an apt reminder that not all is as it seems.
PROGRAM Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20, Symphony No. 40; Schumann: Piano Concerto, Op. 54; Silvestrov: The Messenger (For Piano solo)
Original title Hélène Grimaud plays Mozart and Schumann
Recording location Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg, April 2022
Duration 103 mins
Production Company Heliodor
TV Director Alexander Radulescu
Composer W.A. Mozart, Robert Schumann, Valentin Silvestrov
Orchestra / Band Camerata Salzburg
Conductor Giovanni Guzzo (leader)
Soloist Hélène Grimaud
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