Concertos, sonatas, and wolves

Helene Grimaud (photo by Mat Hennek)Tonight’s episode of The Music Room features French pianist Helene Grimaud. She is currently playing both Brahms piano concertos, along with other works, during her 2013-2014 world tour. Specifically, Helene will be appearing with the Philadelphia Orchestra Dec. 5 – 8, playing Brahms Second Piano Concerto.

We had a great conversation about her interest in the music of the German Romantic movement, in particular that of Johannes Brahms; some of her other recordings; her approach to music; and the Wolf Conservation Center she founded in New York state to help with both education about conservation and wolves’ role in the environment and with breed and release programs.

The podcast edition includes more conversation than we were able to fit into the radio version of the interview.

The Interview

Interview with Helene Grimaud (Recorded 10/25/13; original broadcast date: 11/26/13; host: Mandorichard). 31:09, 29.9 MB. Note: the version uploaded here contains excerpts from the music tracks used in the broadcast. We have included more of our conversation in this podcast than originally aired on WVUD.

The Music

The following music appeared on this episode of The Music Room:

  • Artist / Song / Album (or note) / Label (or source) / Date
  • Helene Grimaud / Bela Bartok: Romanian Folk Dance number 6: Maruntel / Resonances / Deutsche Grammophon / 2011
  • Helene Grimaud, piano, with Andris Nelsons and the Vienna Philharmonic / Johnannes Brahms: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra Number 2 in B flat major, op. 83: second movement, Allegro appassionatto / Deutsche Grammophon / 2013
  • Helene Grimaud, piano, and Sol Gabetta, cello / Dmitri Shostakovich: Sonata for Violincello and Piano in D minor, op. 40: fourth movement, Allegro / Duo / Deutsche Grammophon / 2012