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Homages

Benjamin Grosvenor

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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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Partita for Violin Solo No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004 - Arr. Busoni (Johann Sebastian Bach)

1
Chaconne in D Minor
00:14:05

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ferruccio Busoni, Arranger, Work Arranger - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike George, Producer, Recording Producer - Arne Axelberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

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

2
1. Prelude, MWV U116
00:02:13

Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike George, Producer, Recording Producer - Arne Axelberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

3
2. Fugue, MWV U66
00:06:49

Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike George, Producer, Recording Producer - Arne Axelberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

Prelude & Fugue in F Minor, Op. 35, No. 5 (Felix Mendelssohn)

4
1. Prelude, MWV U126
00:03:26

Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike George, Producer, Recording Producer - Arne Axelberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

5
2. Fugue, MWV U106
00:03:16

Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike George, Producer, Recording Producer - Arne Axelberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

Prélude, Choral et Fugue, FWV 21 (César Franck)

6
Prélude: Moderato
00:04:58

Cesar Franck, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike George, Producer, Recording Producer - Arne Axelberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

7
Choral: Poco più lento
00:06:19

Cesar Franck, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike George, Producer, Recording Producer - Arne Axelberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

8
Fugue: Tempo I
00:07:09

Cesar Franck, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike George, Producer, Recording Producer - Arne Axelberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60 (Frédéric Chopin)

9
Chopin: Barcarolle in F Sharp Major, Op. 60
00:08:28

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

℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

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

10
1. Gondoliera
00:05:25

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

℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

11
2. Canzone
00:03:12

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

℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

12
3. Tarantella
00:09:12

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

℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

Le tombeau de Couperin, M. 68 (Maurice Ravel)

13
1. Prélude
00:03:11

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike George, Producer, Recording Producer - Arne Axelberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

Le tombeau de Couperin, M.68 (Maurice Ravel)

14
2. Fugue
00:03:46

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike George, Producer, Recording Producer - Arne Axelberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

15
3. Forlane
00:06:24

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike George, Producer, Recording Producer - Arne Axelberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

16
4. Rigaudon
00:03:07

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike George, Producer, Recording Producer - Arne Axelberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

17
5. Menuet
00:05:15

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike George, Producer, Recording Producer - Arne Axelberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

18
6. Toccata
00:03:49

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike George, Producer, Recording Producer - Arne Axelberg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

Album Description

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.
© TiVo

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