Dances

Dances

by Benjamin Grosvenor
     
 

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…  See more details below

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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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Product Details

Release Date:
08/25/2014
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947853343
catalogNumber:
002130302
Rank:
1500

Tracks

  1. Boogie Woogie Etude, for piano  - Morton Gould  -  Alexander van Ingen  - Benjamin Grosvenor
  2. España, album leaves (6) for piano, Op. 165, B. 37: No. 2. Tango  - Isaac Albéniz  -  Alexander van Ingen  - Benjamin Grosvenor
  3. Arabesques on J. Strauss II's "The Blue Danube Waltz" for piano  - Adolf Schulz-Evler  -  Alexander van Ingen  - Benjamin Grosvenor
  4. Valses poéticos (7), for piano, H. 147, DLR 7:8  - Enriqué Granados  -  Alexander van Ingen  - Benjamin Grosvenor
  5. Waltz for piano in A flat major, Op. 38  - Alexander Scriabin  -  Alexander van Ingen  - Benjamin Grosvenor
  6. Mazurkas (10) for piano, Op. 3: 9. G sharp minor  - Alexander Scriabin  -  Alexander van Ingen  - Benjamin Grosvenor
  7. Mazurkas (10) for piano, Op. 3: 4. E major: Moderato  - Alexander Scriabin  -  Alexander van Ingen  - Benjamin Grosvenor
  8. Mazurkas (10) for piano, Op. 3: 6. C sharp minor: Scherzando  - Alexander Scriabin  -  Alexander van Ingen  - Benjamin Grosvenor
  9. Polonaise for piano No. 5 in F sharp minor, Op. 44, CT. 154  - Frédéric Chopin  -  Alexander van Ingen  - Benjamin Grosvenor
  10. Andante spianato and grande polonaise for piano & orchestra, Op. 22  - Frédéric Chopin  -  Alexander van Ingen  - Benjamin Grosvenor
  11. Partita for keyboard No. 4 in D major, BWV 828 (BC L4)  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Alexander van Ingen  - Benjamin Grosvenor

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