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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 [Limited Edition]

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 II
>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
>Debussy, Claude : La cathédrale engloutie, prelude for piano, L. 117/10
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Notes & Reviews:

One of the world's most celebrated pianists, Hélène Grimaud presents a haunting call to nature, WATER, an experimental project combining Hélène's two greatest passions: music and nature. Inspired by and recorded live in NYC at the Douglas Gordon installation "tears become ... streams become," an immense field of water that harnesses light, reflection, music and sound, Hélène performs water-themed, romantic and contemporary classical pieces by composers Liszt, Debussy, Ravel and more.

Track List:

Reflections on Water / Comments by Hélène Grimaud

Berio: Wasserklavier
Sweet sadness reflecting the impermanence of the human condition as incarnated by water.

Takemitsu: Rain Tree Sketch II
Light breeze blowing through the leaves of the Rain Tree, like the whisper of a prayer, part interrogation to the sky, part invocation.

Fauré: Barcarolle no.5
Gentle journey between the world of childhood experiences and the imaginary world of chivalresque adventures.

Ravel: Jeux d'eaux
The poetic and playful nature of a water divinity in its unbridled expression.

Albeniz: Almeria
The torrid languor of a coastal landscape where the underlying sensuality and passion of its land and inhabitants find only relief in the soothing, pulsating rhythm of its most vital element.

Liszt: Les jeux d'eau à la Villa d'Este
The crossing between water as a decorative presence and its mystical dimension through its transformative powers and ultimately redemptive quality.

Janacek: In the mists 1
A nostalgic state of mind imbued in mystery during the act of storytelling.

Debussy: La cathédrale engloutie
The prophetic nature and daunting specter of a lost temple of beliefs turned haunted kingdom.

Notes & Reviews:

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



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>Berio, Luciano [Composer] : Wasserklavier, for 1 or 2 pianos
  • Performers: Antonio Ballista (Piano); Hélène Grimaud (Piano); Nitin Sawhney (Guitar); Nitin Sawhney (Keyboards); Nitin Sawhney (Programming)
  • Notes: New York City, Park Avenue Armory (12/2014); London (12/2014); New York City, Park Avenue Armory (2015); London (2015)
  • 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 (12/2014); New York City, Park Avenue Armory (2015); London (2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Takemitsu, Toru : Rain-Tree Sketch II, for piano
  • Performers: Hélène Grimaud (Piano); Nitin Sawhney (Guitar); Nitin Sawhney (Keyboards); Nitin Sawhney (Programming)
  • Notes: New York City, Park Avenue Armory (12/2014); London (12/2014); New York City, Park Avenue Armory (2015); London (2015)
  • 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 (12/2014); New York City, Park Avenue Armory (2015); London (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
  • Performers: Hélène Grimaud (Piano); Nitin Sawhney (Guitar); Nitin Sawhney (Keyboards); Nitin Sawhney (Programming)
  • Notes: New York City, Park Avenue Armory (12/2014); London (12/2014); New York City, Park Avenue Armory (2015); London (2015)
  • 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 (12/2014); New York City, Park Avenue Armory (2015); London (2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Ravel, Maurice : Jeux d'eau
  • Performers: Hélène Grimaud (Piano); Nitin Sawhney (Guitar); Nitin Sawhney (Keyboards); Nitin Sawhney (Programming)
  • Notes: New York City, Park Avenue Armory (12/2014); London (12/2014); New York City, Park Avenue Armory (2015); London (2015)
  • 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 (12/2014); New York City, Park Avenue Armory (2015); London (2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Albéniz, Isaac [Composer] : Iberia II :: no 2 Almería
  • Performers: Hélène Grimaud (Piano); Nitin Sawhney (Guitar); Nitin Sawhney (Keyboards); Nitin Sawhney (Programming)
  • Notes: New York City, Park Avenue Armory (12/2014); London (12/2014); New York City, Park Avenue Armory (2015); London (2015)
  • 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 (12/2014); New York City, Park Avenue Armory (2015); London (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)
  • Performers: Hélène Grimaud (Piano); Nitin Sawhney (Guitar); Nitin Sawhney (Keyboards); Nitin Sawhney (Programming)
  • Notes: New York City, Park Avenue Armory (12/2014); London (12/2014); New York City, Park Avenue Armory (2015); London (2015)
  • 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 (12/2014); New York City, Park Avenue Armory (2015); London (2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : In the Mists :: no 1 Andante
  • Performers: Hélène Grimaud (Piano); Nitin Sawhney (Guitar); Nitin Sawhney (Keyboards); Nitin Sawhney (Programming)
  • Notes: New York City, Park Avenue Armory (12/2014); London (12/2014); New York City, Park Avenue Armory (2015); London (2015)
  • 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 (12/2014); New York City, Park Avenue Armory (2015); London (2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Debussy, Claude : La cathédrale engloutie, prelude for piano, L. 117/10
  • Performers: Hélène Grimaud (Piano); Nitin Sawhney (Guitar); Nitin Sawhney (Keyboards); Nitin Sawhney (Programming)
  • Notes: New York City, Park Avenue Armory (12/2014); London (12/2014); New York City, Park Avenue Armory (2015); London (2015)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909
  • Studio/Live: Live