Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor op. 15Symphony No. 1 in C minor op. 68
Hélène Grimaud really needs no introduction. The French-born pianist has long since become an international star - celebrated by the press and the public, winner of numerous awards, artistically at home all over the world. What makes her so unique is not only her outstanding ability, but above all her highly emotional approach to music and her unconditional and uncompromising will to express herself. Hardly any other artist succeeds like Hélène Grimaud in freeing well-known repertoire works from the patina of their performance history and making them sound as fresh, new and immediate as in her first performance. Together with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under its principal conductor Edward Gardner, she presents Johannes Brahms' First Piano Concerto in Frankfurt. The profound work is brilliantly complemented in the second half of the concert by Brahms' First Symphony in C minor.