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'Water' - Water-themed, romantic and contemporary pieces by Berio, Takemitsu, Sawhney, Ravel, Albeniz, Liszt, Debussy, Janácek et al. / Helene Grimaud, piano

Album Summary

>Berio, Luciano [Composer] : Wasserklavier, for 1 or 2 pianos
>Sawhney, Nitin : Water, for electronics
>Takemitsu, Toru : Rain-Tree Sketch II, for piano
>Fauré, Gabriel : Barcarolle for piano no 5 in F sharp minor, Op. 66
>Ravel, Maurice : Jeux d'eau
>Albéniz, Isaac [Composer] : Iberia Suite for piano, B. 47, Book 2
>Liszt, Franz : Les jeux d'eaux à la Ville d'Este, for piano (Années III/4), S. 163/4 (LW A283/4)
>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : In the mists (V Mlhách), pieces (4) for piano, JW 8/22
>Debussy, Claude : La cathédrale engloutie, prelude for piano, L. 117/10
>Word, Spoken : Water Reflections
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The New York Observer
Grimaud performed beautifully, finding deep and intelligent expression in the cascading impressionistic notes and unsettling tones of Takemitsu s Rain Tree Sketch II In Memoriam Olivier Messiaen and throwing out her right arm from her body and pulling in her left leg under the bench while muscularly poring over the keyboard for Albeniz s Almeria from Iberia.

On this release, Hélène performs all water-themed, romantic and contemporary classical pieces by Berio, Takemitsu, Sawhney, Ravel, Albeniz, Liszt, Debussy and Janácek, who all shared a fascination for Water.

In addition to these traditional evocations of rivers, lakes, seas, snowflakes, and raindrops, the album also reflects a contemporary perspective on water and the lack thereof. These elements are woven into the album narrative through musical Water Transitions ambient soundscapes composed, recorded and produced by Nitin Sawhney, a celebrated world-class producer, songwriter, DJ, multi-instrumentalist, orchestral composer and cultural pioneer.


Works:

Encores (6) for Piano, no 3 Wasserklavier by Luciano Berio
Performer: Hélène Grimaud (Piano)

Water, Transition 1 by Nitin Sawhney
Performer: Nitin Sawhney (Keyboards)

Rain Tree Sketch II by Toru Takemitsu
Performer: Hélène Grimaud (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1992; Japan

Water, Transition 2 by Nitin Sawhney
Performer: Nitin Sawhney (Keyboards)

Barcarolle for Piano no 5 in F sharp minor, Op. 66 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer: Hélène Grimaud (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1894; France

Water, Transition 3 by Nitin Sawhney
Performer: Nitin Sawhney (Keyboards)

Jeux d'eau by Maurice Ravel
Performer: Hélène Grimaud (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1901; France

Water, Transition 4 by Nitin Sawhney
Performer: Nitin Sawhney (Keyboards)

Suite Iberia, Book 2: no 2, Almería by Isaac Albeniz
Performer: Hélène Grimaud (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1906; France

Water, Transition 5 by Nitin Sawhney
Performer: Nitin Sawhney (Keyboards)

Années de pèlerinage no 3, S 163: no 4, Les jeux d'eaux à la Villa d'Este by Franz Liszt
Performer: Hélène Grimaud (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1867-1877; Rome, Italy

Water, Transition 6 by Nitin Sawhney
Performer: Nitin Sawhney (Keyboards)

In the mists: 1st movement, Andante by Leos Janácek
Performer: Hélène Grimaud (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1912; Brno, Czech Republic

Water, Transition 7 by Nitin Sawhney
Performer: Nitin Sawhney (Keyboards)

Préludes, Book 1: no 10, La cathédrale engloutie by Claude Debussy
Performer: Hélène Grimaud (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1910; France

Rain Tree Sketch II by Toru Takemitsu
Performer: Hélène Grimaud (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1992; Japan
Notes: The piece is performed twice on this album. In this version, Hélène Grimaud is the speaker.



The Denver Post
It's possible Grimaud's part of the collaboration might give the piece some of that hope for the human spirit art loves to provide. But to make this massive piece, to invent, support, refine, construct and present it, requires courage and a belief in art that is unmatched, even in New York. tears become... streams become... is as grand as art gets, and as good, too.

Gramophone Magazine, March 2016
Grimaud interprets a multitude of styles with passionate authority. Her tellingly nuanced narrative flow in AlbTniz's 'Almeria' bodes well for a complete Iberia down the road, should Grimaud be so inclined.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: London, Summer (12/2014); New York City, Park Avenue Armory (12/2014); London, Summer (2015); New York City, Park Avenue Armory (2015).



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Works Details

>Berio, Luciano [Composer] : Wasserklavier, for 1 or 2 pianos
  • Performer: Hélène Grimaud (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1965
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Sawhney, Nitin : Water, for electronics
  • Performers: Hélène Grimaud (Piano); Nitin Sawhney (Guitar); Nitin Sawhney (Keyboards); Nitin Sawhney (Programming)
  • Notes: New York City, Park Avenue Armory (12/2014); London, Summer (12/2014); New York City, Park Avenue Armory (2015); London, Summer (2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Takemitsu, Toru : Rain-Tree Sketch II, for piano
  • Performer: Hélène Grimaud (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Sawhney, Nitin : Water, for electronics
  • Performers: Hélène Grimaud (Piano); Nitin Sawhney (Guitar); Nitin Sawhney (Keyboards); Nitin Sawhney (Programming)
  • Notes: New York City, Park Avenue Armory (12/2014); London, Summer (12/2014); New York City, Park Avenue Armory (2015); London, Summer (2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Fauré, Gabriel : Barcarolle for piano no 5 in F sharp minor, Op. 66
  • Performer: Hélène Grimaud (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 09/1894
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Sawhney, Nitin : Water, for electronics
  • Performers: Hélène Grimaud (Piano); Nitin Sawhney (Guitar); Nitin Sawhney (Keyboards); Nitin Sawhney (Programming)
  • Notes: New York City, Park Avenue Armory (12/2014); London, Summer (12/2014); New York City, Park Avenue Armory (2015); London, Summer (2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Ravel, Maurice : Jeux d'eau
  • Performer: Hélène Grimaud (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1901
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Sawhney, Nitin : Water, for electronics
  • Performers: Hélène Grimaud (Piano); Nitin Sawhney (Guitar); Nitin Sawhney (Keyboards); Nitin Sawhney (Programming)
  • Notes: New York City, Park Avenue Armory (12/2014); London, Summer (12/2014); New York City, Park Avenue Armory (2015); London, Summer (2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Albéniz, Isaac [Composer] : Iberia Suite for piano, B. 47, Book 2
  • Performer: Hélène Grimaud (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1905-1909
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Sawhney, Nitin : Water, for electronics
  • Performers: Hélène Grimaud (Piano); Nitin Sawhney (Guitar); Nitin Sawhney (Keyboards); Nitin Sawhney (Programming)
  • Notes: New York City, Park Avenue Armory (12/2014); London, Summer (12/2014); New York City, Park Avenue Armory (2015); London, Summer (2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Liszt, Franz : Les jeux d'eaux à la Ville d'Este, for piano (Années III/4), S. 163/4 (LW A283/4)
  • Performer: Hélène Grimaud (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1877
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Sawhney, Nitin : Water, for electronics
  • Performers: Hélène Grimaud (Piano); Nitin Sawhney (Guitar); Nitin Sawhney (Keyboards); Nitin Sawhney (Programming)
  • Notes: New York City, Park Avenue Armory (12/2014); London, Summer (12/2014); New York City, Park Avenue Armory (2015); London, Summer (2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : In the mists (V Mlhách), pieces (4) for piano, JW 8/22
  • Performer: Hélène Grimaud (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: by 04/21/1912
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Sawhney, Nitin : Water, for electronics
  • Performers: Hélène Grimaud (Piano); Nitin Sawhney (Guitar); Nitin Sawhney (Keyboards); Nitin Sawhney (Programming)
  • Notes: New York City, Park Avenue Armory (12/2014); London, Summer (12/2014); New York City, Park Avenue Armory (2015); London, Summer (2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Debussy, Claude : La cathédrale engloutie, prelude for piano, L. 117/10
  • Performer: Hélène Grimaud (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Word, Spoken : Water Reflections :: Hélène Grimaud's thoughts on the permutations of water
  • Performer: Hélène Grimaud (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 2015
  • Studio/Live: Live