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In Brief: Hélène Grimaud Edition

Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to good things in Blogville and Beyond.

  • Watch Hélène Grimaud and Sandrine Piau with the Kammerorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks in a concert of music by Mozart. [Cité de la Musique Live]

  • Listen to a Lieder recital by soprano Christine Schäfer and pianist Eric Schneider, with music by Schubert, Strauss, and Berg. [France Musique]

  • Also watch Hélène Grimaud, again with the Kammerorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunk. [Cité de la Musique Live]

  • Les Éléments and Les Passions perform music by Jean Gilles (1668-1705), settings of the Lamentations and Requiem Mass, in the Cathedral of St-Maclou de Pontoise as part of the Festival Baroque de Pontoise. [France Musique]

  • Completing the Hélène Grimaud trifecta, a concert with Jan Vogler. [Cité de la Musique Live]

  • Listen to violinist Sergey Khachatryan playing solo Bach at the Cité de la Musique. [France Musique]

  • If you haven't read it yet, go read D. T. Max's profile of Hélène Grimaud. [The New Yorker]

  • Pianist Frédéric Lagarde and Friends perform music by Martinů, Brahms, Schubert, and Michael Jarrell, in the Couvent des Cordeliers as part of the Festival de Forcalquier. [France Musique]

  • Watch the finals of the Concours de chant lyrique Long-Thibaud-Crespin. [ARTE Live Web]

  • From 2008, a performance of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde with soprano Violeta Urmana and tenor Jon Villars and the Orchestre National de Lille, under Jean-Claude Casadesus, from the Festival de Saint-Denis. [France Musique]

  • Also don't miss Daniel Wakin's write-up of the dispute between Hélène Grimaud and conductor Claudio Abbado, over which cadenza to include in her recording of a Mozart concerto. I have to say that I think Abbado is right, in that Mozart's cadenza would be preferable to the one by Busoni. However, the choice of a cadenza really is the soloist's prerogative: if Abbado could not convince Grimaud of his point of view, he should have let her play Busoni. [New York Times]
  • Listen to Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott in recital from Salzburg. [France Musique]

  • Watch Janine Jansen and Jean-Christophe Spinosi in a concert of Rameau, Handel, Mozart, and others. [ARTE Live Web]

  • Les Arts Florissants perform the first book of Monteverdi's madrigals at the Cité de la Musique. [France Musique]

  • Hélène Grimaud also gave an interview with Thierry Hilleriteau this week. He claims that she speaks French with an American accent, and she maintains that she has no plans to start conducting. [Le Figaro]

  • In case you missed it at the Proms this year, you can listen to his recital by organist Thierry Escaich at Royal Albert Hall. [France Musique]

  • Hear the Takács Quartet at the Théâtre de la Ville, playing Ravel, Bartók, Dvořák, and Haydn. [France Musique]

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