Benjamin Grosvenor Homages

Homages

Benjamin Grosvenor

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Includes: 1 Digital booklet

Released on September 1, 2016 by Decca

Main artist: Benjamin Grosvenor

Genre: Classical

Distinctions: Diapason d'or (October 2016) - Le Choix de France Musique (October 2016) - 4 étoiles Classica (October 2016)

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Album : 1 disk - 18 tracks Total length : 01:40:04

    Partita for Violin Solo No.2 in D minor, BWV 1004 - Transcribed for piano by Ferruccio Busoni (Johann Sebastian Bach)
  1. 1 Chaconne in D Minor

    Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike George, Recording Producer - Arne Axelberg, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

  2. Prelude & Fugue in E Minor, Op.35, No.1 (Felix Mendelssohn)
  3. 2 1. Prelude, MWV U116

    Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike George, Recording Producer - Arne Axelberg, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

  4. 3 2. Fugue, MWV U66

    Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike George, Recording Producer - Arne Axelberg, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

  5. Prelude & Fugue in F Minor, Op.35, No.5
  6. 4 1. Prelude, MWV U126

    Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike George, Recording Producer - Arne Axelberg, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

  7. 5 2. Fugue, MWV U106

    Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike George, Recording Producer - Arne Axelberg, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

  8. Prélude, Choral et Fugue, FWV 21 (César Franck)
  9. 6 Prélude: Moderato

    Cesar Franck, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike George, Recording Producer - Arne Axelberg, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

  10. 7 Choral: Poco più lento

    Cesar Franck, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike George, Recording Producer - Arne Axelberg, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

  11. 8 Fugue: Tempo I

    Cesar Franck, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike George, Recording Producer - Arne Axelberg, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

  12. Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60 (Frédéric Chopin)
  13. 9 Chopin: Barcarolle in F Sharp Major, Op.60

    Frederic Chopin, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike George, Recording Producer - Arne Axelberg, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

  14. Venezia e Napoli, S.162 (rev. version 1859) supplement to Années de Pelerinage, 2ème année: Italie (S.161) (Franz Liszt)
  15. 10 1. Gondoliera

    Franz Liszt, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike George, Recording Producer - Arne Axelberg, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

  16. 11 2. Canzone

    Franz Liszt, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike George, Recording Producer - Arne Axelberg, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

  17. 12 3. Tarantella

    Franz Liszt, Composer - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike George, Recording Producer - Arne Axelberg, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

  18. Le tombeau de Couperin, M.68 (Maurice Ravel)
  19. 13 1. Prélude

    Maurice Ravel, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Durand & Cie, Paris, MusicPublisher - Édition Max Eschig, Paris, MusicPublisher - Mike George, Recording Producer - Arne Axelberg, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

  20. 14 2. Fugue

    Maurice Ravel, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike George, Recording Producer - Arne Axelberg, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

  21. 15 3. Forlane

    Maurice Ravel, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Édition Max Eschig, Paris, MusicPublisher - Mike George, Recording Producer - Arne Axelberg, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

  22. 16 4. Rigaudon

    Maurice Ravel, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Édition Max Eschig, Paris, MusicPublisher - Mike George, Recording Producer - Arne Axelberg, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

  23. 17 5. Menuet

    Maurice Ravel, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Édition Max Eschig, Paris, MusicPublisher - Mike George, Recording Producer - Arne Axelberg, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

  24. 18 6. Toccata

    Maurice Ravel, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Durand & Cie, Paris, MusicPublisher - Société Arima, MusicPublisher - Mike George, Recording Producer - Arne Axelberg, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

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Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, 24 years old when this album appeared in 2016, has made a splash with his seemingly effortless technical mastery and his ability to put across a feeling of suppressed energy. There are many technical difficulties in these Romantic showpieces, but Grosvenor lets them roll off his fingers without raising the temperature much until the end, in the Liszt Tarantella from the Venezia e Napoli (Venice and Naples) set of Années de pèlerinage. It's an impressive display of control, said to be matched by considerable charisma in live performance. The program, which might have been played a century ago, is almost refreshing for that reason, but it's not totally coherent: the first three "Homages" are to Bach, while the last two are not homages to a person, but to cities, and to a pair of them at that. Still, the individual pieces work well on their own terms. César Franck's Prélude, Choral, et Fugue, FWV 21, benefits greatly from Grosvenor's ability to suggest currents of passion beneath the surface, and the Mendelssohn set of Six Preludes and Fugues, Op. 35, are sharply characterized and infused with an unusual degree of contrast for the collection, which often suffers from over-academic performances. This release showcases a young pianist with the potential to become a star in the time-honored Romantic virtuoso mold.

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