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After nearly a decade, Helene Grimaud returns to Mozart and offers a vivid perspective / blogcritics

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Pianist Hélène Grimaud returns to Mozart after nearly a decade with her new album The Messenger. The set pairs well-known pieces by Mozart with works by Valentin Silvestrov in which the contemporary composer channels – or, let's say, feeds off of – Mozart and other great classical artists. The result is twofold. While perhaps not a totally fresh perspective on Mozart's Fantasias in D minor and C minor and Piano Concerto No. 20, her performances certainly offer a vivid one. Secondarily, it is, for me at least, an introduction to a modern composer whose work elicits mixed feelings in me.