Helene Grimaud plays Schumann and Strauss.
Back in January 2015, I had the pleasure of speaking with Ms. Grimaud while she was completing a tour in Europe. I found her to be a totally delightful, open and expressive person. On this CD, we get to hear her in two compositions in which she shines: Schumann:
- Burleske for Piano and orchestra in D minor, AV85
It is unfortunate that the “Burleske” is not performed more frequently; this is likely the case because it is technically quite challenging. The piece represents Richard Strauss at his melodic best.
Here is the Strauss Burleske with Emanuel Ax and the Berliner Philharmoniker: