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Benjamin Grosvenor talks to Presto's Katherine Cooper about Danceshere.
Dances is a dazzling display of solo works for piano from Bach to Boogie Woogie; via Chopin, Granados, Albeniz, Scriabin and the Blue Danube.
For his second solo album on Decca, Benjamin Grosvenor has assembled a typically imaginative and appealing programme of piano music inspired by the dance form.
Shining the spotlight on the music of movement, this album was inspired by a letter from the great pianist-composer Ferruccio Busoni to his pupil Egon Petri proposing a “dance programme” as a theme for Petri’s recitals, a concept Grosvenor expanded on for his Queen Elizabeth Hall debut recital in 2012.
A former Gramophone Young Artist of the Year, Grosvenor will appearing at two BBC Proms in 2014 with a performance of Chopin’s First Piano Concerto with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra (8th August), followed by a solo recital at Cadogan Hall (1st September). In 2011, he was awarded the honour of opening the BBC Proms Concerts season and was the youngest-ever soloist to perform on the ‘First Night’.
Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita No.4 in D , BWV 828
Frédéric Chopin: Andante spianato and Grande polonaise in E flat, Op.22
Frédéric Chopin: Polonaise No.5 In F Sharp Minor, Op.44
Polonaise No.5 In F Sharp Minor, Op.44
Alexander Scriabin: 10 Mazurkas, Op.3 (1889)
No.6 in C Sharp Minor (Scherzando)
No.4 in E (Moderato)
No.9 in G Sharp Minor
Alexander Scriabin: Waltz No.4, Op.38
Waltz No.4, Op.38
Enrique Granados: Valses Poéticos
Preludio: Vivace molto
2.Tempo de Vals noble
3. Tempo de Vals lento
4. Allegro humoristico
5. Allegretto (elegante)
6. Quasi ad libitum (sentimental)
Andrey Schulz-Evler: An die schönen Blauen Donau - Concert Arabesques After A Waltz By J. Strauss Jr.
An die schönen Blauen Donau - Concert Arabesques After A Waltz By J. Strauss Jr.
Isaac Albéniz: Tango, Op. 165 No.2
Tango, Op. 165 No.2
Morton Gould: Boogie Woogie Etude
Boogie Woogie Etude
1st August 014
“The poise of the sarabande is particularly exquisite: Grosvenor at such points seems inside the notes, entirely the music’s servant...This is an exhilarating programme all told, from a greatly gifted young artist. Excellently recorded, too. And even if Grosvenor records the complete fripperies of Schulz-Evler, I know I’ll still be listening.”
10th August 2014
“the delivery is absolutely winning...The discovery is the Valses Poéticos by Granados, done with total charm and dash. Even the trashy Schulz-Evler mash-up of Strauss's Blue Danube is transmuted by Grosvenor into something breathtaking.”
23rd August 2014
“This is piano playing of nimbleness and elegance.”
11th August 2014
“his playing exudes a buoyance and clarity which really does dance. Everything is consummately classy and eloquent, but nothing is cerebral or micro-managed...Mark my words, this one will be garlanded with awards in the coming months – and, more importantly, will bring countless hours of pleasure.”
“performances that are carried forwards on an irresistable tide of youthful exuberance...there is a sense of joyful release, of music-making free from all constraint...Grosvenor may well be the most remarkable young pianist of our time...this is a disc to prompt wonder and delight in equal measure.”
“The quality of this playing is altogether exceptional. Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor takes nothing for granted in music. Nor should we in listening to him...he plainly understands that every interpretation is just one possibility, and he offers us a very enticing opportunity to open our minds...All in all, a world of piano styles evoked as few could even hope to try.”
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