Julie Amacher, Classical MPR
Helene Grimaud and Camerata Salzburg: The Messenger (Deutsche Grammophon)
It has been about 10 years since Helene Grimaud has recorded any Mozart. Her latest release is a concept album that generates a fascinating dialogue between Mozart and the Ukrainian-born contemporary composer Valentin Silvestrov. The Messenger, by Silvestrov is the title track of this recording, and it echoes the music of Mozart, creating a connection between the present and the world that existed before.
“I thought it was interesting to have them facing each other and more importantly, these three elements that I feel they share very strongly: clarity of textures, form and this purity. You know, Silvestrov says something about how music has been so transparent. You have to be able to see all the way through to the bottom, and that appears also in Mozart’s music: there’s transparency and also…