It should have been glamour night at the Lucerne Festival – the unassailable Claudio Abbado matched with the unattainable Helene Grimaud, one the thinking man’s maestro, the other much thought about by overheated men. And wolves, of course.
But it wasn’t to be.
A press release tells me that Claudio will not be working with the belle Helene. They regret the inconvenience.
I’ll let you know if I hear what really went down.
Press information: July 14th 2011
IMPORTANT CHANGE TO PROGRAMME
It is with deep regret that Claudio Abbado and Hélène Grimaud have announced that, due to artistic differences, they will not be able to collaborate as originally planned for their performances at LUCERNE FESTIVAL (August 10, 12 and 13) and at London’s Southbank Centre later this year. Both artists apologize for any inconvenience resulting from this decision.
The programme remains unchanged. Radu Lupu has graciously agreed to take over as soloist in the Piano Concerto in D minor of Johannes Brahms for the concerts in Lucerne with Claudio Abbado and the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA on August 10, 12. and 13. The soloist for the London concert will be announced as soon as possible