Chopin, Liszt, Ravel

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/28/2012
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947832065
  • Catalog Number: 001642102
  • Sales rank: 16,115

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Scherzo for piano No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20, CT. 197 - Frédéric Chopin & Ben Pateman (8:18)
  2. 2 Nocturne for piano No. 5 in F sharp major, Op. 15/2, CT. 112 - Frédéric Chopin & Ben Pateman (3:11)
  3. 3 Scherzo for piano No. 4 in E major, Op. 54, CT. 200 - Frédéric Chopin & Ben Pateman (9:58)
  4. 4 Nocturne for piano No. 19 in E minor, Op. 72/1, CT. 126 - Frédéric Chopin & Ben Pateman (4:01)
  5. 5 Scherzo for piano No. 3 in C sharp minor, Op. 39, CT. 199 - Frédéric Chopin & Ben Pateman (6:40)
  6. 6 Nocturne for piano No. 20 in C sharp minor, KK IVa/16, CT. 127 (B. 49) - Frédéric Chopin & Ben Pateman (3:46)
  7. 7 Scherzo for piano No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 31, CT. 198 - Frédéric Chopin & Ben Pateman (9:16)
  8. 8 Mes Joies, transcription for piano (after Chopin Op. 74/12), S. 480/5bis - Franz Liszt & Ben Pateman (3:22)
  9. 9 The Maiden's Wish, transcription for piano (after Chopin, Op. 71/1, Chants polonais No. 1), S. 480/1 (LW A193/1) - Franz Liszt & Ben Pateman (3:39)
  10. 10 En rêve, nocturne for piano, S. 207 (LW A336) - Franz Liszt & Ben Pateman (2:25)
  11. 11–13 Gaspard de la nuit, for piano - Maurice Ravel & Ben Pateman (20:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Benjamin Grosvenor Primary Artist
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