Exclusive: Hélène Grimaud comes clean on Abbadomain
In conversation with our San Francisco friend Elijah Ho, the French pianist talks for the first time about the July 2011 bust-up over a cadenza in a concerto that ended her cherished relationship with Claudio Abbado.
Among other interesting things, Hélène says:
I think I was eighteen the very first time I played for Claudio. I played with him later that same year, and we worked together regularly until 2011. Just looking at the number of different concerts we collaborated on, with the different orchestras and repertoire, I can only have loved him. We wouldn’t have collaborated together if that love and respect wasn’t clearly there for many years. Even thinking about the performance, the opening of that Lucerne festival with the Brahms D minor – why was that scheduled in the first place ? Well, because we had played the Brahms D minor together a year or so earlier, in Caracas, with the Simón Bolívar orchestra.
But even then, it doesn’t mean that people don’t go their separate ways…
Read the rest of her comments here.