Hélène Grimaud Plays Ravel
Naples Philharmonic Masterworks
Andrey Boreyko, conductor
Hélène Grimaud, piano
Mikołaj Górecki — Zan Tontemiquico
Ravel — Piano Concerto in G Major
Schumann — Symphony No. 2
Piano superstar Hélène Grimaud performs Ravel’s jazz-influenced Piano Concerto in G Major on a program that also features Andrey and the Naples Philharmonic performing Schumann’s uplifting Symphony No. 2. Although written while Schumann was battling deep depression, this romantic symphony evokes strength and heroism.
Prelude at 7pm
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Founded in 1982, the Naples Philharmonic normally performs over 140 orchestral and chamber concerts, as well as opera and ballet, education, community and special event concerts from September through June each year.
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Now in his eighth and final season as music director of Artis—Naples, Andrey Boreyko’s inspiring leadership has raised the artistic standard of the Naples Philharmonic. Andrey concludes his tenure as music director by continuing to explore connections between art forms through interdisciplinary thematic programming. Significant projects he has led include pairing Ballet Russes-inspired contemporary visual artworks of Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave with performances of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella and The Firebird, as well as commissioning a series of compact pieces by composers including Giya Kancheli to pair wiCth an art exhibition featuring small yet personal works by artists such as Picasso and Calder that were created as special gifts for the renowned collector Olga Hirshhorn.
The 2021-22 season marks Andrey’s third season as music and artistic director of the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. Their planned engagements this season include performances at the Eufonie Festival, the final and prizewinners’ concerts of the 18th Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw, and the orchestra’s 120th birthday celebration. They also plan to tour across Poland and the U.S.
Renaissance woman Hélène Grimaud is not just a deeply passionate and committed musical artist whose pianistic accomplishments play a central role in her life. She is a woman with multiple talents that extend far beyond the instrument she plays with such poetic expression and peerless technical control. The French artist has established herself as a committed wildlife conservationist, a compassionate human rights activist and as a writer.
Grimaud was born in 1969 in Aix-en-Provence and began her piano studies at the local conservatory with Jacqueline Courtin before going on to work with Pierre Barbizet in Marseille. She was accepted into the Paris Conservatoire at just 13 and won first prize in piano performance a mere three years later. She continued to study with György Sándor and Leon Fleisher until, in 1987, she gave her well-received debut recital in Tokyo. That same year, renowned conductor Daniel Barenboim invited her to perform with the Orchestre de Paris. This marked the launch of Grimaud’s musical career, characterized ever since by concerts with most of the world’s major orchestras and many celebrated conductors.
It is through her thoughtful and tenderly expressive music making that Grimaud most deeply touches the emotions of audiences. Fortunately, they have been able to enjoy her concerts worldwide, thanks to the extensive tours she undertakes as a soloist and recitalist. A committed chamber musician, she has also performed at the most prestigious festivals and cultural events with a wide range of musical collaborators, including Sol Gabetta, Rolando Villazón, Jan Vogler, Truls Mørk, Clemens Hagen, Gidon Kremer, Gil Shaham and the Capuçon brothers. Her prodigious contribution to and impact on the world of classical music were recognized by the French government when she was admitted into the Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur — France’s highest decoration — at the rank of chevalier, which is a knight.
Grimaud has been an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist since 2002. Her recordings have been critically acclaimed and awarded numerous accolades, including the Cannes Classical Recording of the Year, Choc du Monde de la musique, Diapason d’or, Grand Prix du disque, Tokyo’s Record Academy Prize, Midem Classic Award and the Echo Klassik Award.
Her early recordings include Credo and Reflection, both of which feature a number of thematically linked works; a Chopin and Rachmaninov Sonatas disc; a Bartók CD, on which she plays the Third Piano Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Boulez; a Beethoven disc with the Staatskapelle Dresden and Vladimir Jurowski, which was chosen as one of history’s greatest classical music albums in the iTunes Classical Essentials series; a selection of Bach’s solo and concerto works, in which she directed the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen from the piano; and a DVD release of Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and Claudio Abbado.
In 2010, Grimaud recorded the solo recital album Resonances, showcasing music by Mozart, Berg, Liszt and Bartók. This was followed in 2011 by a disc featuring her readings of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 19 and No. 23 as well as a collaboration with singer Mojca Erdmann in the same composer’s Ch’io mi scordi di te?. Her next release, Duo, recorded with cellist Sol Gabetta, won the 2013 Echo Klassik Award for Chamber Recording of the Year, and her album of the two Brahms piano concertos—the first concerto recorded with Andris Nelsons and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the second concerto with Nelsons and the Vienna Philharmonic, appeared in September 2013.
This was followed by Water in January 2016, a live recording of performances from tears become… streams become…, the critically acclaimed, large-scale immersive installation at New York’s Park Avenue Armory created by Turner Prize-winning artist Douglas Gordon in collaboration with Grimaud. Water features works by nine composers: Berio, Takemitsu, Fauré, Ravel, Albéniz, Liszt, Janáček, Debussy and Nitin Sawhney, who wrote seven short Water Transitions for the album as well as producing it. April 2017 then saw the release of Perspectives, a two-disc personal selection of highlights from her DG catalogue, including two “encores” — Brahms’s Waltz in A flat and Sgambati’s arrangement of Gluck’s Dance of the Blessed Spirits — previously unreleased on CD and via streaming.
Grimaud’s next album, Memory, was released in September 2018. Exploring music’s ability to bring the past back to life, it comprises a selection of evanescent miniatures by Chopin, Debussy, Satie and Valentin Silvestrov which, in the pianist’s own words, “conjure atmospheres of fragile reflection, a mirage of what was — or what could have been.”
For her latest recording, The Messenger, Grimaud has created an intriguing dialogue between Silvestrov and Mozart. “I was always interested in couplings that were not predictable,” she explains, “because I feel as if certain pieces can shed a special light on to one another.” She is joined by the Camerata Salzburg in Mozart’s Piano Concerto K466 and Silvestrov’s Two Dialogues with Postscript and The Messenger – 1996, of which she also performs a solo version. Completing the program are Mozart’s fantasias K397 and K475. The Messenger was released on October 2, 2020.
Highlights of the pianist’s 2019-20 season included performances of Bartók’s Piano Concerto No.3 in Philadelphia and at Carnegie Hall with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Ravel’s Concerto in G major with MusicAeterna and Teodor Currentzis in Luxembourg and Munich and the Ravel Concerto and Mozart’s Piano Concerto K466 on tour in Germany with the Bamberger Symphoniker and Jakub Hrůša, as well as recitals in North America featuring repertoire from Memory.
Hélène Grimaud is undoubtedly a multifaceted artist. Her deep dedication to her musical career, both in performances and recordings, is reflected and reciprocally amplified by the scope and depth of her environmental, literary and artistic interests.