Watch pianist Hélène Grimaud performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) conducted by Nicholas McGegan, recorded live at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Texas. With its dramatic nature, this concerto anticipates the turbulence of Romanticism and so too does the second work on the programme, Mozart’s Symphony No.40 in G minor. The digital concert will premiere on Friday 29 January 2021 at 8pm CET/1pm CST on both Deutsche Grammophon’s online platform DG Stage and as part of the DSO’s Next Stage Digital Concert Series Presented by PNC.
“We are thrilled to be presenting this wonderful concert”
Dr Clemens Trautmann, President Deutsche Grammophon, welcomed the joint venture: “We are thrilled to be working with the DSO and to be presenting this wonderful concert featuring Hélène Grimaud, who is part of the Deutsche Grammophon family of artists. Innovative online initiatives have proved to be beacons of hope in difficult times, enabling us to support our musicians and bring exceptional performances to music-lovers worldwide.”
Kim Noltemy, DSO Ross Perot President & CEO, also celebrated this unique partnership. “We are delighted to collaborate with Deutsche Grammophon on their new platform to share these performances from the Meyerson Symphony Center. This season the DSO launched its Next Stage Digital Concert Series, Presented by PNC, and this new partnership will allow our live performances to go even further. We are grateful for the opportunity to work with this storied label for this special event.”
Hélène Grimaud’s The Messenger
Hélène Grimaud released The Messenger, a studio recording of works by Mozart and Silvestrov, including the famous Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, in October 2020. For her latest concept album Hélène Grimaud created a pianistic dialogue between the two composers, exploring the different ways that we communicate with the past, present and future – something particularly resonant in this present moment of profound change. If Silvestrov is a remembrance of things past, Mozart reaches for what yet may come. This music reminds us of one of life’s great possibilities – that of change.
What can this music offer us in daunting times? “In times of uncertainty,” Grimaud reflected, “humanity will often seek paths of least resistance. I believe, however, our time needs, as Rimbaud called it, a ‘more intense music’, conveying the introspection and effort to create a space to live in truth, a time to love beyond the many current miseries, and to strive for greater harmony with each other – and our planet.”
Hélène Grimaud’s concerts with the DSO will mark her first live performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor since releasing The Messenger and will also be the first performance by an American orchestra on DG Stage.
DG Stage – The Classical Concert Hall
DG Stage – The Classical Concert Hall is Deutsche Grammophon’s online destination for live performances by the world’s leading artists. International audiences can watch a broad range of classical concerts, including piano recitals, chamber music sessions and orchestra and opera performances, exclusively produced live on tape for DG Stage. The pioneering venture expands Deutsche Grammophon’s commitment to great music, inspirational artists and new technology.
Watch Hélène Grimaud and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Mozart concert on Friday 29 January 2021 at 8pm CET/1pm CST on DG Stage.