Helene Grimaud is considered one of the most exceptional figures in today’s music world. While she has performed everything from Gershwin to Bach, she has shifted her focus to romantic music – Brahms and Rachmaninov. Her new album is very mystical that complements the Abu Dhabi Classics theme of this year which includes pieces inspired by the stories from a 1,001 nights. The water-themed musicale is one of the oldest performance types in Western music. Grimaud is known for her twists on a conventional repertoire: abstract pieces by Luciano Berio expand out into romantic and post-romantic favourites from Liszt, Albéniz, Fauré, Janácek, and Debussy.
With her first appearance here in the capital, Grimaud will present pieces from her new album – Water, which combines music from nine composers from the 19th and 20th centuries that are linked by transitions that draw various musical cultures together in one performance.
Takemitsu: Rain Tree Sketch II
Fauré: Barcarolle No. 5 in F-sharp Minor, Op. 66
Ravel: Jeux d'eaux
Liszt: Les jeux d'eau à la Villa d'Este
Janacek: In the mists 1
Debussy: La cathédrale engloutie
Brahms: Sonata No.2
Note: All timings are actual start timings. We recommend guests to come 30 min before the beginning of the concert to find their seats. Doors will close at the start time. No access will be granted after the doors have been shut.