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Into drought-stricken California now receiving the first of El Niño storms - and to the rest of the world as well - comes Hélène Grimaud's new album, "Water" (Deutsche Grammophon CD 00289 479 3426), said to be inspired by the great French pianist's "abiding fascination with nature's most precious gift." In advance of the album's worldwide release, pre-orders are already available.

The nine composers represented on the record are Luciano Berio ("Wasserklavier"), Toru Takemitsu("Rain Tree Sketch II"), Gabriel Fauré ("Barcarolle No.5"), Maurice Ravel ("Jeux d'eau"), Isaac Albéniz ("Almería"), Franz Liszt ("Les Jeux d'eau à la Villa d'Este"), Leoš Janácek (the first movement of "In the Mists"), and Claude Debussy ("La cathédrale engloutie").

Grimaud, famous for her intensity and passionate performances, says she has spent two years of planning, preparing, rehearsing, and performing the music on the album.  READ THE FULL ARTICLE