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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Music in Paris

Continuing with today's "living dolls" theme (which no doubt brushes up against the boundaries of political correctness), the incredibly beautiful woman pictured at left is French pianist Hélène Grimaud, who was in fine form last night during a concert at the Cité de la Musique in Paris. I have long been a fan, not only for the pure aesthetic pleasure of looking at her but also because she is one of the greatest pianists in modern times. Her talent was on display during the middle of three pieces (Mozart's "Concerto pour piano et orchestre en sol majeur," which was sandwiched between two Strauss compositions) performed by the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, directed by Vladimir Jurowski.

Beginning Tuesday January 27, you can watch and listen to the entire concern online at the Cité de la Musique's internet link. I will try to remember to post a reminder on the day.

Photo: Kasskara/Deutsche Grammophon

PS--If you think this is just a photo-shopped album cover and that no one could really be that beautiful, then perhaps you need a video shot of Grimaud playing the piano:

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