Benjamin Grosvenor: Dances

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Benjamin Grosvenor: Dances


Presto Disc of the Week

11th August 2014

Gramophone Awards 2015

Finalist - Instrumental

Gramophone Magazine

Disc of the Month - September 2014

BBC Music Magazine

Disc of the month - October 2014

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2015

Instrumental Award Winner



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4th Aug 2014




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Benjamin Grosvenor: Dances


Tango (No. 2 from Espana, Op. 165)

Bach, J S:

Partita No. 4 in D major, BWV828


Andante spianato & Grande Polonaise, Op. 22

Gould, M:

Boogie Woogie Etude


Valses Poeticos (7)


Arabesques on themes from 'The Beautiful Blue Danube'


Mazurka in C sharp minor, Op. 3, No. 6

Mazurka in E, Op. 3 No. 4

Mazurka in G sharp minor, Op. 3 No. 9



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Benjamin Grosvenor talks to Presto's Katherine Cooper about Dances here.

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’.

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita No.4 in D , BWV 828

1. Overture

2. Allemande

3. Courante

4. Aria

5. Sarabande

6. Menuet

7. Gigue

Frédéric Chopin: Andante spianato and Grande polonaise in E flat, Op.22

Andante spianato

Grande Polonaise

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

I. Melodioso

2.Tempo de Vals noble

3. Tempo de Vals lento

4. Allegro humoristico

5. Allegretto (elegante)

6. Quasi ad libitum (sentimental)

7. Vivo

8. Presto

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

The Times

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.”

The Observer

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.”

Financial Times

23rd August 2014


“This is piano playing of nimbleness and elegance.”

Presto Classical

Katherine Cooper

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.”

Gramophone Magazine

September 2014

“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.”

BBC Music Magazine

October 2014


“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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