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Helene Grimaud

Silent Songs - Silvestrov w/ Konstantin Krimmel

Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: March 3, 2023

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No. 1, Song Can Heal the Ailing Spirit
Silvestrov: The Messenger
Silvestrov: Silent Songs (5 Songs) - No. 1, Song Can Heal the Ailing Spirit
Interview w/ WGTE
11 Songs: No. 9, Autumn Song
Interview with David Serero - iHeart Radio - The Culture News
Qobuz Interview
1 Song can heal the ailing spirit  
2 There were storms and tempests  
3 La Belle Dame sans Merci  
4 O melancholy time! Delight for eyes!  
5 Farewell, O world, farewell, O earth  
6 I will tell you with complete directness  
7 Here’s a health to thee, Mary  
8 Winter Journey  
9 The Isle  
10 Autumn Song  
11 Swamps and marshes  
12 Winter Evening  
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The gentle music and quiet nostalgia of some of the most exquisitely beautiful poetry ever written flows through Hélène Grimaud’s latest album. Valentin Silvestrov’s Silent Songs includes contemplative settings of verse by Golden and Silver Age Russian poets Pushkin, Lermontov, Tyutchev, Baratynsky, Zhukovsky, Yesenin and Mandelstam, Ukrainian lyrics by Taras Shevchenko, and Russian translations of poetry by Keats and Shelley. Grimaud presents a dozen pieces from this haunting tribute to the innate music of poetic words. She is joined by the young baritone Konstantin Krimmel, winner of the 2018 International Helmut Deutsch Lied Competition. 

Hélène Grimaud discovered Silvestrov’s Silent Songs almost 20 years ago when she received a recording of the complete song-cycle as a birthday gift. Enchanted by the composer’s music, she soon added a number of his piano pieces to her repertoire and began a long search for the ideal voice to partner in Silent Songs. Her search came to an end when she was introduced to German-Romanian baritone Konstantin Krimmel. They presented their Silvestrov programme at the Stienitzsee Turbine Hall near Berlin at the end of August 2022, performing it in the presence of the octogenarian composer, who has lived in Berlin as an exile from his war-torn homeland since March. It was on this occasion that Grimaud and Silvestrov met for the first time. The concert, which also included songs by Brahms, was filmed by DG and will premiere on STAGE+ on 21 January 2023. The resulting album is due for release by Deutsche Grammophon on 3 March 2023.

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