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Liquid Inspiration: Helene Grimaud on the Forces Behind - Water / KING FM

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Interview with KING: FM - Dave Beck

Hélène Grimaud's latest album for Deutsche Grammophon, produced by Nitin Sawhney, was inspired by her abiding fascination with Nature's most precious gift. Water conveys imaginative responses to everything from mighty oceans and great lakes to raindrops and snowflakes as well as inviting listeners to contemplate the mounting threats to the safety, security and supply of this essential resource. "What inspired the idea to record this album is really the fascination that so many composers of the 19th and 20th centuries seem to have had with the element of water," Grimaud states. Not only did this sow the seed for a recording, it also grew into a collaboration between the pianist and Turner Prize-winning artist Douglas Gordon. Their site-specific installation tears become… streams become… was created for the Wade Thompson Drill Hall at New York's Park Avenue Armory in December 2014. Described by the New York Times as a "compelling, boldly original work", the project blended elements of art, music and architecture, with Grimaud's water-themed programme located at its core. Gordon transformed the cavernous Drill Hall by slowly flooding its vast floor to create the impression of what he described as an endless "field of water," entirely surrounding the grand piano at which Grimaud performed.

Classical KING FM's - Seattle Dave Beck spoke to pianist Hélène Grimaud about the inspirations behind this recording