Opus 19 – Jan Vogler & Hélène Grimaud


A year since the Covid-19 pandemic halted live musical performances, world-renowned cellist Jan Vogler drives across the United States – from New York City to California – to visit his friend and frequent collaborator, the prodigious pianist Hélène Grimaud. Desiring to make music again, the duo plans to perform a piece, which they have never played together. With his Stradivarius cello along for the ride, Vogler finds inspiration in the diverse natural beauty of America. He stops to play pieces by Bach in an Indiana forest, snow covered mountains in Colorado and the desert of Utah. The experience causes Vogler to reflect on his career, and approach to music. Grimaud, meanwhile, caring for her horses, also articulates her feelings on performing and her craft. When Vogler arrives in California, the duo plays Rachmanioff’s Cello and Piano Sonata, Op. 19, in one marvelous, emotional take.

Additional Info

  • No: 8798
  • Artists: Jan Vogler, Hélène Grimaud
  • Production year: 2021
  • Run time: 00:29:00
  • Director: Andrew Muscato
  • Producers: Dresdner Musikfestspiele
  • Format: HDTV 16:9
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