2005-07-01 07:58:43 UTC
was the first Grimaud CD I bought. When I saw the CD on display, I
had no idea who she was at the time. She looked intriguing on the
cover however... like she had not eaten for days and her clothes, at
least from a distance, looked like something a WWII refugee would
The programme of the CD turned out to be very refershing. For the
first time in a long time, classical music seemed not like some
dusty remanant of the past but very alive and exciting and new.
Opening and closing the CD with works of the 20th century that are
both challenging and listenable was a great achievement. I don't
know how she ever discovered those works, but kudos to her for doing
so and her playing is full of life in both pieces. A lot of people
dislike the Choral Fantasy as simple-minded bombast, but I find it
to be quite rousing and her playing was exhilerating. The Tempest
Sonata I have particuar fondness for, having actually even memorized
the 3rd movement at one time, but I did not find the Tempest didn't
move me as the other three pieces on the CD did.
Overall, the CD was a daring move on her part and it certainly
worked as far as I am concerned!