CD of the Week: Hélène Grimaud: Perspectives

The French pianist journeys through her most beloved recordings, including live performances from a flooded military armory.

Imagine this: you’re standing inside a 55,000-square-foot military armory in New York’s Upper East Side. Each season, the Park Avenue Armory Conservancy hosts a myriad of art installations, theatrical performances, and film showcases. But this particular night, you’re in for a more aqueous sort of performance: French pianist Hélène Grimaud plans to slowly flood the colossal drill hall during a recital comprised of works inspired by water.

She thrives on the spontaneity of performance, and concerts like this show how far she likes to challenge an audience. That, and her keen attention to the poetry of the music she plays, have brought her to the forefront of the international music stage. 

Her newest release, Perspectives, surveys the most heartfelt performances from her recording discography at Deutsche Grammophon. The two-disc set explores both orchestral and solo piano works, and includes a number of live recordings, plus selections from her 2014 Park Avenue Armory recital.

Listen to Grimaud's recent BSO performances:
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2

Hear an interview on our podcast The Answered Question:

Watch a trailer for Perspectives:

Watch an interview about the Armory recital:

For more information and to purchase this recording, visit ArkivMusic.