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On 'The Messenger,' Helene Grimaud travels to Salzburg to create a fascinating juxtaposition between Mozart and Valentin Silvestrov / WFMT: Featured New Release

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For her latest studio album, pianist Hélène Grimaud travels to Salzburg where she creates a fascinating juxtaposition between the eternal Mozart and the Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov. In selecting the music for this album, Grimaud has carefully chosen music by Mozart that fits into an overall dramaturgy: from his famous unfinished D minor Fantasy, she transitions seamlessly into the great D minor concerto, K. 466. The C minor Fantasy then signals "the end of Mozart" and a new beginning: Silvestrov's The Messenger starts with a theme reminiscent of Mozart and creates a connection between the present and the world that existed before.

For October 15 2020, Hélène Grimaud: The Messenger is the WFMT: Chicago 'Featured New Release'