Benjamin Grosvenor made an impression on audiences as an 11-year-old, becoming the youngest winner of the BBC's Young Musician of the Year in the keyboard division in 2004. In 2011, he became the youngest British musician to sign with Decca, and was also the label's first British pianist signed since the 1950s. In the intervening years, Grosvenor made debuts in New York and London, and performed with the London Philharmonic, the Brazilian Symphony, and the Tokyo Symphony. He continued to add to his "youngest" distinctions by becoming the youngest soloist to date to open the 2011 BBC Proms concert season. His debut album featured the music of Chopin, Liszt, and Ravel. Grosvenor frequently performs solo recitals and also maintains his interest in chamber music.
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Classical - Released January 1, 2014 | Decca Music Group Ltd.
Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or de l'année - Diapason d'or - Gramophone Record of the Month - Le Choix de France Musique - Exceptional Sound Recording
Classical - Released September 1, 2016 | Decca Music Group Ltd.
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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