Thursday, October 16, 2008

Princess Haiku is linked to Helene Grimaud's Website



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How nice to discover that I am linked to la Belle Helene's official French website, said Princess Haiku. It's worth a visit as there are great photos and links. Credit for photo above here.

Another link to la Belle Helene is here. Check my archives for reviews that I have written about some of her CD releases.

Below is a reprint of "The Sea Change of Helene Grimaud"

Helene Grimaud, has always been recognized as a gifted pianist and recently gone through a sea change, transforming into a virtuoso of legendary ability. The phrase "sea change" derives from a quotation in Shakespeare's play, "The Tempest," suggesting a profound transformation caused by a remarkable agency or energy.

I had the pleasure of hearing Helene Grimaud's new CD "Reflection" a musical dialog between Robert & Clara Schumann, and Johannes Brahms. Grimaud plays with a lightness and subtlety belonging to sea-foam with the force and passion of the ocean beneath. Her interpretation incarnates the spirit of these composers. As I listened to Robert Schumann's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A minor, waves parted with color as they did for Marc Chagall. I listened with a poetic mind, as consciousness spilled forth from a keyboard; auditory moonlight reflecting upon minnows darting in and out of the sky's eye.

So intimately, does Grimaud understand Brahms in his Sonata for Piano and Violoncello no. 1 in E minor, that she evokes him as one would a beloved; effortlessly and without self-consciousness. In the music of- Brahms Two Rhapsodies for Piano, Helene Grimaud removes herself so completely as pianist, as an intermediary, that she becomes the music.

"Reflections" is for everyone; the consummate music professional seeking extreme virtuosity, a poet such as myself seeking music to awaken the spirit or anyone who enjoys beautiful music. I suggest that you add this CD to your collection for Helene Grimaud will soon be recognized as a legendary artist.

3 comments:

Dorlana said...

Hi Princess,
Very nice. I will check out her website and her music. Thanks for stopping by. I believe the meme you mentioned must have belonged to someone else. I hope you had a great summer. Have a happy Halloween.:)
Dorlana

Cynthia said...

You've whet my appetite, I must
buy her CD, and will certainly
view her blog.

Princess Haiku said...

cynthia, you won't be sorry,