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Dances (Bach, Chopin, Scriabin, Granados, Liszt)

Benjamin Grosvenor

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Even at a very young age (he was 22 when this album was released in 2014), British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor had the kind of sound that makes his compatriots roll over and put their paws in the air. It's understated, dry, humorous, and technically unimpeachable. On an album of dances, will some listeners want more oomph in, say, the Chopin Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante, Op. 22? Sure, but on his own terms Grosvenor is indeed impressive, and not just for his age. The opening Bach Partita No. 4 in D major, BWV 828, is questionable in several ways; the interpretation seems capricious, and, even if you could explain connections conceptually, the work does not feel like it connects to the rest of the program. From there, however, things improve. The smaller works, most of all the Eight valses poéticos of Granados, are marvelously suited to Grosvenor's approach, and the usually splashy Arabesques on Johann Strauss' "By the Beautiful Blue Danube" are brought under control in a delightful way. The Boogie-Woogie Etude of Morton Gould is another effort that may be more satisfying within the U.K. than elsewhere, but for those looking for a savior of British music, Benjamin Grosvenor certainly bears watching.
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Dances (Bach, Chopin, Scriabin, Granados, Liszt)

Benjamin Grosvenor

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Partita No. 4 in D major, BWV 828 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

1
1. Overture
00:04:32

Arne Akselberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike George, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

2
2. Allemande
00:04:44

Arne Akselberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike George, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

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3. Courante
00:01:39

Arne Akselberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike George, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

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4. Aria
00:01:02

Arne Akselberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike George, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

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5. Sarabande
00:02:50

Arne Akselberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike George, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

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6. Menuet
00:00:59

Arne Akselberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike George, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

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7. Gigue
00:01:54

Arne Akselberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike George, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

Andante Spianato & Grande Polonaise Brillante In G Major / E Flat Major, Op. 22 (Frédéric Chopin)

8
1. Andante spianato
00:04:01

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

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

9
2. Grande Polonaise
00:08:57

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

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

10
Chopin: Polonaise No. 5 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 44
00:10:24

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

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

10 Mazurkas, Op. 3 (Alexander Scriabin)

11
No. 6 in C-Sharp Minor (Scherzando)
00:02:16

Arne Akselberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ALEXANDER SCRIABIN, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike George, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

12
No. 4 in E Major (Moderato)
00:03:55

Arne Akselberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ALEXANDER SCRIABIN, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike George, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

13
No. 9 in G-Sharp Minor
00:02:47

Arne Akselberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ALEXANDER SCRIABIN, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike George, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

14
Scriabin: Waltz No. 4, Op. 38
00:05:38

Arne Akselberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ALEXANDER SCRIABIN, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike George, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

Valses poéticos (Enrique Granados)

15
Preludio: Vivace molto
00:01:03

Arne Akselberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Enrique Granados, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike George, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

16
1. Melodioso
00:01:21

Arne Akselberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Enrique Granados, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike George, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

17
2.Tempo de Vals noble
00:01:07

Arne Akselberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Enrique Granados, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike George, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

18
3. Tempo de Vals lento
00:01:32

Arne Akselberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Enrique Granados, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike George, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

19
4. Allegro humoristico
00:00:38

Arne Akselberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Enrique Granados, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike George, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

20
5. Allegretto (elegante)
00:01:09

Arne Akselberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Enrique Granados, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike George, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

21
6. Quasi ad libitum (sentimental)
00:01:03

Arne Akselberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Enrique Granados, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike George, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

22
7. Vivo
00:00:39

Arne Akselberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Enrique Granados, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike George, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

23
8. Presto
00:01:54

Arne Akselberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Enrique Granados, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike George, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

24
Schulz-Evler: An der schönen blauen Donau - Concert Arabesques after a Waltz by J. Strauss Jr.
00:10:02

Arne Akselberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andrey Schulz-Evler, Composer - Mike George, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

25
Albéniz: Tango, Op. 165, No. 2
00:02:39

Arne Akselberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Isaac Albeniz, Composer - Leopold Godowsky, Arranger, Work Arranger - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike George, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

26
Gould: Boogie Woogie Etude
00:02:07

Arne Akselberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Morton GOULD, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike George, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

2 Etudes de Concert, S.145 (Franz Liszt)

27
No. 2 Gnomenreigen
00:02:51

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

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

Sonata For Flute & Harpsichord, BWV 1031 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

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2. Siciliano (Arr. Kempff)
00:03:34

Arne Akselberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Arranger, Work Arranger - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike George, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

Album Description

Even at a very young age (he was 22 when this album was released in 2014), British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor had the kind of sound that makes his compatriots roll over and put their paws in the air. It's understated, dry, humorous, and technically unimpeachable. On an album of dances, will some listeners want more oomph in, say, the Chopin Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante, Op. 22? Sure, but on his own terms Grosvenor is indeed impressive, and not just for his age. The opening Bach Partita No. 4 in D major, BWV 828, is questionable in several ways; the interpretation seems capricious, and, even if you could explain connections conceptually, the work does not feel like it connects to the rest of the program. From there, however, things improve. The smaller works, most of all the Eight valses poéticos of Granados, are marvelously suited to Grosvenor's approach, and the usually splashy Arabesques on Johann Strauss' "By the Beautiful Blue Danube" are brought under control in a delightful way. The Boogie-Woogie Etude of Morton Gould is another effort that may be more satisfying within the U.K. than elsewhere, but for those looking for a savior of British music, Benjamin Grosvenor certainly bears watching.
© TiVo

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