Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor op. 111
Franz Schubert: Piano sonata B flat major D 960
Piano poet and two last works
Her technical ability is incomparable, her playing is rich in color and nuance, her expression is profound and intelligent: Hélène Grimaud is the poet of the piano world. What she tackles, she does with the utmost seriousness and not infrequently in opposition to the mainstream. A recital with the French pianist is like a musical revelation. When she finally returns to the Alte Oper with a recital, she puts two of the weightiest piano works on the threshold from the classical to the romantic period on the program: Beethoven's and Schubert's last piano sonatas, in which the two great composers summed up the entire cosmos of their mastery and at the same time opened wide the door to the future. Two swan songs with overwhelming intensity and expressiveness.