Press Room in November presents Grimaud and Barenboim

This month, has another must-see schedule of live events and vintage programming – including a three-concert series with pianist Hélène Grimaud, live from Paris November 3-6. The ever-expanding library of video-on-demand offerings now includes all 32 Beethoven piano sonatas performed by Daniel Barenboim in 1983-84. Acclaim for the experience keeps coming, with the Toronto Star recognizing that “medici initiated a seismic shift in the world of classical music.”
Hélène Grimaud – renowned for her distinctive, exciting programs as well as for her scintillating virtuosity – performs a three-concert series live on from the Salle Pleyel and Cité de la Musique in Paris. The series, titled “Private Domain,” begins at 2pm EDT on November 3 with the French pianist performing Mozart’s elegant, spirited Piano Concerto No. 19 with the Chamber Orchestra of Bavarian Radio at the Salle Pleyel. This concerto – which features the piano and wind section in lyrical dialogue – is ideal for Grimaud’s talents as a chamber musician, as she interacts with the orchestra (led from the violin by Radoslaw Szulc). Grimaud also joins the wonderful French soprano Sandrine Piau for the concert aria, “Ch’io mi scordi di te.”
At 2pm EDT on November 5, Grimaud joins the Chamber Orchestra of Bavarian Radio at the Cité de la Musique for a program that juxtaposes the music of J.S. Bach with works by contemporary Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov. Grimaud earned international praise with her 2009 Deutsche Grammophon recording of Bach (marked by a “captivating organic flow” according to Gramophone magazine), and she discerns the aching connection between the moving music of Silvestrov and the august tradition of the past. At 9:30am EST on November 6, Grimaud reprises her tour repertoire with virtuoso German cellist Jan Vogler at the Cité de la Musique, as they pair for Schumann’s Fantasiestücke Op. 73, Brahms’s Cello Sonata in E minor, and Shostakovich’s Cello Sonata.
In addition to these live webcasts, also offers an extensive library of video-on-demand programs available via subscription. These performances, documentaries, and archival features spotlight leading musical institutions and world-class artists – from golden-age legends to today’s top stars. This month, adds to its library the great film record of Daniel Barenboim performing all 32 of Beethoven’s piano sonatas at the Schloss Hetzendorf in Vienna, during the 1983-84 season. The pianist returned to Beethoven’s sonatas in recent years as an eminent veteran, but these films capture Barenboim in the prime of his early 40s, just at the time he was making his second full studio recording of the cycle for Deutsche Grammophon.
“Treasures aplenty” was how Gramophone editor-in-chief James Jolly has described as one of the Web’s leading classical music experiences. The app for iPads, iPhones, and other digital devices – available for free at the Apple app store – was recently named one of the top five apps for classical music by WQXR, the classical music station of New York City.
November events live at
November 3, 2pm EDT: Hélène Grimaud, Sandrine Piau and the Chamber Orchestra of Bavarian Radio
Salle Pleyel, Paris
Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 19, “Ch’io mi scordi di te.”
November 5, 2pm EDT: Hélène Grimaud and the Chamber Orchestra of Bavarian Radio
Cité de la Musique, Paris
J.S. Bach, Silvestrov, Dvořák
November 6, 9:30am EST: Hélène Grimaud and Jan Vogler
Cité de la Musique, Paris
Schumann, Brahms, Shostakovich
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