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Helene Grimaud doesn't sound like most pianists / The New Yorker

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Hélène Grimaud doesn't sound like most pianists: she is a rubato artist, a reinventor of phrasings, a taker of chances. "A wrong note that is played out of élan, you hear it differently than one that is played out of fear," she says. Her two overriding characteristics are independence and drive, and her performances attempt, whenever possible, to shake up conventional pianistic wisdom.  READ D.T. Max's FULL New Yorker ARTICLE