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Benjamin Grosvenor|Benjamin Grosvenor: Chopin, Liszt, Ravel

Benjamin Grosvenor: Chopin, Liszt, Ravel

Benjamin Grosvenor

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For his debut recording on Decca, pianist Benjamin Grosvenor performed music of Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt, and Maurice Ravel, demonstrating both a keen awareness of his prodigious abilities and a knack for creating a balanced and interesting program. Chopin's four dynamic Scherzos are interspersed with three Nocturnes (chosen to correspond to the Scherzo's keys), while the remainder of the program is devoted to Liszt's transcriptions of two of Chopin's songs and the nocturne, En rêve, along with Ravel's notoriously difficult Gaspard de la nuit. The Chopin Scherzos are distinctively played with incisive attacks, commanding expression, and bravura speed, which, when taken altogether, make the gentle Nocturnes necessary interludes to leaven the Scherzos' volatile moods. The Liszt portion of the program is even lighter, with a nice mix of lyricism and colorful virtuosic turns, and the sweetness of the music balances the rather unsentimental Chopin interpretations. Less soothing is the dark and haunted music of Ravel's Gaspard de la nuit, which provides Grosvenor his finest moments. If any piece demonstrates this pianist's technical skills and expressive depth, then this tryptich succeeds, for it showcases his talent for weaving fantastic expressions and virtuosic playing into a magical, disturbing, and chilling experience. Even at the beginning of his career, Grosvenor shows maturity and insight, and he offers an admirable album that displays not only what he has achieved thus far, but promises great things ahead. This rising star bears watching and this CD demands repeated listening.
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1
Chopin: Scherzo No. 1 in B Minor, Op. 20
00:08:18

Arne Akselberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Kiln, Producer, Recording Producer - Frederic Chopin, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2011 Decca Music Group Limited

2
Chopin: Nocturne No. 5 in F-Sharp Major, Op. 15, No. 2
00:03:11

Arne Akselberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Kiln, Producer, Recording Producer - Frederic Chopin, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2011 Decca Music Group Limited

3
Chopin: Scherzo No. 4 in E Major, Op. 54
00:09:58

Arne Akselberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Kiln, Producer, Recording Producer - Frederic Chopin, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2011 Decca Music Group Limited

4
Chopin: Nocturne No. 19 in E Minor, Op. 72, No. 1
00:04:01

Arne Akselberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Kiln, Producer, Recording Producer - Frederic Chopin, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2011 Decca Music Group Limited

5
Chopin: Scherzo No. 3 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 39
00:06:40

Arne Akselberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Kiln, Producer, Recording Producer - Frederic Chopin, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2011 Decca Music Group Limited

6
Chopin: Nocturne in C-Sharp Minor, Op. Posth.
00:03:46

Arne Akselberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Kiln, Producer, Recording Producer - Frederic Chopin, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2011 Decca Music Group Limited

7
Chopin: Scherzo No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 31
00:09:16

Arne Akselberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Kiln, Producer, Recording Producer - Frederic Chopin, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2011 Decca Music Group Limited

6 Chants polonais de Frédéric Chopin, S.480 (Frédéric Chopin)

8
5. My Joys
00:03:22

Arne Akselberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Kiln, Producer, Recording Producer - Franz Liszt, Arranger, Work Arranger - Frederic Chopin, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2011 Decca Music Group Limited

9
1. The Maiden's Wish
00:03:39

Arne Akselberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Kiln, Producer, Recording Producer - Franz Liszt, Arranger, Work Arranger - Frederic Chopin, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2011 Decca Music Group Limited

10
Liszt: En reve, S.207
00:02:25

Arne Akselberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Kiln, Producer, Recording Producer - Franz Liszt, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2011 Decca Music Group Limited

Gaspard de la Nuit, M. 55 (Maurice Ravel)

11
1. Ondine
00:06:35

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Arne Akselberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Kiln, Producer, Recording Producer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2011 Decca Music Group Limited

12
2. Le gibet
00:05:29

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Arne Akselberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Kiln, Producer, Recording Producer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2011 Decca Music Group Limited

13
3. Scarbo
00:08:39

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Arne Akselberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Kiln, Producer, Recording Producer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2011 Decca Music Group Limited

Album Description

For his debut recording on Decca, pianist Benjamin Grosvenor performed music of Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt, and Maurice Ravel, demonstrating both a keen awareness of his prodigious abilities and a knack for creating a balanced and interesting program. Chopin's four dynamic Scherzos are interspersed with three Nocturnes (chosen to correspond to the Scherzo's keys), while the remainder of the program is devoted to Liszt's transcriptions of two of Chopin's songs and the nocturne, En rêve, along with Ravel's notoriously difficult Gaspard de la nuit. The Chopin Scherzos are distinctively played with incisive attacks, commanding expression, and bravura speed, which, when taken altogether, make the gentle Nocturnes necessary interludes to leaven the Scherzos' volatile moods. The Liszt portion of the program is even lighter, with a nice mix of lyricism and colorful virtuosic turns, and the sweetness of the music balances the rather unsentimental Chopin interpretations. Less soothing is the dark and haunted music of Ravel's Gaspard de la nuit, which provides Grosvenor his finest moments. If any piece demonstrates this pianist's technical skills and expressive depth, then this tryptich succeeds, for it showcases his talent for weaving fantastic expressions and virtuosic playing into a magical, disturbing, and chilling experience. Even at the beginning of his career, Grosvenor shows maturity and insight, and he offers an admirable album that displays not only what he has achieved thus far, but promises great things ahead. This rising star bears watching and this CD demands repeated listening.
© TiVo

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