Just one week after a Yuja Wang performance, another star pianist plays a solo recital amid the acoustical splendor of Disney Hall. French pianist Hélène Grimaud unravels selections from her 2018 album, Memory. The nuanced stylist will cast a spell of enchantment with evocative and overtly melodic passages by such classic French composers as Claude Debussy and Erik Satie and the Polish-French mainstay Frédéric Chopin. Satie’s Gnossiènnes, for example, are short, sublime trances that are elevated to an even more rarefied, spectrally beautiful poignancy by Grimaud’s touch. In January, Grimaud released a new CD, Essentials, with selections by Debussy, Chopin, J.S. Bach, Gluck, Robert Schumann and Beethoven. Among other things, the pianist has written several books, including Wild Harmonies, a memoir about how her efforts raising wolves at her Wolf Conversation Center in New York not only saved their lives but gave her own life meaning and purpose.
Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown L.A.; Wed., Feb. 26, 8 p.m.; $20-$125. (323) 850-2000, laphil.com.