Helene Grimaud: Water (LP) | Deutsche Grammophon 4795433

Helene Grimaud: Water (LP)

Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Cat No: 4795433

Format: LP

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 29th January 2015



Helene Grimaud (piano)
Nitin Sawhney


Albeniz, Isaac

Iberia, Book 2
» no.2 Almeria

Berio, Luciano

Encores (6) for piano
» no.3 Wasserklavier

Debussy, Claude

Preludes (12), Book 1
» no.10 La Cathedrale engloutie

Faure, Gabriel

Barcarolles (13)
» no.5 in F sharp minor, op.66

Janacek, Leos

In the Mists
» no.1 Andante

Liszt, Franz

Annees de Pelerinage, 3rd Year, S163
» no.4 Les jeux d'eau a la Villa d'Este

Ravel, Maurice

Jeux d'eau

Sawhney, Nitin

Water - Transitions 1-7

Takemitsu, Toru

Rain Tree Sketch II


Helene Grimaud (piano)
Nitin Sawhney


One of the world’s most celebrated pianists, renowned for the emotional intensity of her interpretations, Hélène Grimaud presents a beautiful, haunting call to nature – WATER is an evocative, experimental, deeply personal project combining Hélène’s two greatest passions: music and nature.

On this release, Hélène performs all water-themed, romantic and contemporary classical pieces by composers such as Liszt, Debussy, Ravel and more, 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.

Reaffirming her role as one of classical music’s most captivating performers, combined with her sense of commitment to the ecological and humanitarian challenges of our day, this project underscores Grimaud’s contention that “there are two significant measures of a society: how we support culture and how we treat our environment.”

Both digipack and vinyl will feature a bonus track (which is NOT included on the jewel case), in the style of a spoken track-by-track, where Hélène herself has recorded the below “Reflections on Water”, mixed with excerpts of the music. The piece is c.10min in total.

1. Berio - Wasserklavier (Live at Park Avenue Armory, New York, 2014)
2. Sawhney - Water-Transition 1
3. Takemitsu - Rain Tree Sketch II (Live at Park Avenue Armory, New York, 2014)
4. Sawhney - Water-Transition 2
5. Fauré - Barcarolle no.5 in F sharp minor, op.66 (Live at Park Avenue Armory, New York, 2014)
6. Sawhney - Water-Transition 3
7. Ravel: Jeux d'eau (Live at Park Avenue Armory, New York, 2014)
8. Sawhney - Water-Transition 4
9. Albéniz - Almeria (Iberia, Book 2) (Live at Park Avenue Armory, New York, 2014)
10. Sawhney - Water-Transition 5
11. Liszt: Les jeux d'eau à la Villa d'Este (Live at Park Avenue Armory, New York, 2014)
12. Sawhney - Water-Transition 6
13. Janáček - Andante from In the Mists (Live at Park Avenue Armory, New York, 2014)
14. Sawhney - Water-Transition 7
15. Debussy - La cathédrale engloutie (Live at Park Avenue Armory, New York, 2014)
16. Water Reflections: Hélène Grimaud's Thoughts on the Permutations of Water


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