Working with the Swedish Radio Symphony, under the direction of Esa-Pekka Salonen, Grimaud offers classical vets a double dose of Beethoven, and the rich keyboard skills she displays throughout "The Tempest" and "Choral Fantasy" are indisputable. To put it simply, she's not just a pretty face. However, she wisely frames these efforts with renditions of "Fantasia on an Ostinato for Solo Piano," by John Corigliano, an American composer known for works that bridge minimalism and more traditional styles, and "Credo," by Arvo Pärt, a modernist whose dynamic takes on sacred music have been given a wide hearing thanks to his series of discs on the ECM imprint. The result is atmospheric enough to entice fans of new-age compromisers such as George Winston, but it doesn't leave a vapid aftertaste.
Although the cover shot of Grimaud looking vulnerable and waif-like may bring in the paying customers, Credo offers substance in return. That, gentlemen, is doubling your pleasure.