Hélène Grimaud The Messenger Deutsche Grammophon French pianist Hélène Grimaud is a risk-taker and a concept-maker, creating albums that pull from different styles and eras, and push into place new understandings, new beginnings even – here, with The Messenger she seeks to compare and contrast Mozart with the contemporary classical composer Valentyn Silvestrov.
Ken Ara, Piano – Mozart: Rondo D-Dur – Klaviersonaten B-Dur, KV 570 – A-Dur, KV 331 – Fantasie D-Moll (1972) I’m always curious to look through the chuck-out bins for classical music – but it’s so often utterly fruitless. This one though? This was a good score! Solo piano – I always feel like that’s […]
Mozart: Private Collection (1977) Was having a wee ramble with my father-in-law just the other night about how Mozart really was the great pop-song melody writer even before we had “pop songs” – and that, in fact, that was exactly why I got hooked on Mr Wolfgang Amadeus. A book or two and a movie […]