Benjamin Grosvenor : Saint-Saëns, Ravel, Gershwin.

Camille Saint-Saëns : Concerto pour piano no 2. Le Cygne (arr. Godowsky). Maurice Ravel : Concerto en sol. Prélude. George Gershwin : Rhapsody in blue. Love Walked In (arr. Grainger)

Benjamin Grosvenor (Piano), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, James Judd

Format: 1 CD
Release date: 1/5/2013
UGS : 0028947835271 Catégories : ,


Piano International (Jan, 2013)
This is Benjamin Grosvenor’s first concerto disc. The programming is exemplary, with each major piece followed by an intriguing, brief encore; in two cases, transcriptions add another musical voice to the mix. Grosvenor’s way with Saint-Saens’s Second Piano Concerto is most affecting, capturing not only its fantasy but also its Bachian inspiration. The major competition here comes from Stephen Hough (Hyperion), and if Grosvenor does not quite match Hough’s lightness of touch in the central Allegro scherzando, he certainly gives him a run for his money in the breezy finale, where fleet fingerwork and fizzing trills lift Grosvenor’s performance to another level. The filigree of Godowsky’s Swan transcription takes the …

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