Rhapsody in Blue

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Following the success of his first Decca release of solo piano music by Chopin, Liszt, and Ravel, Benjamin Grosvenor demonstrates his aptitude in the concerto repertoire on his second CD, Rhapsody in Blue, recorded with James Judd and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. This is a refreshing change from the usual Tchaikovsky or Rachmaninov concertos one hears from young artists eager to impress, and Grosvenor is clever enough to play not only engaging concertos by Saint-Saëns, Ravel, and Gershwin, but to toss in short bon-bons by these composers to sweeten the program. Grosvenor has sometimes described as a Romantic pianist, which suggests anything from excessive...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Following the success of his first Decca release of solo piano music by Chopin, Liszt, and Ravel, Benjamin Grosvenor demonstrates his aptitude in the concerto repertoire on his second CD, Rhapsody in Blue, recorded with James Judd and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. This is a refreshing change from the usual Tchaikovsky or Rachmaninov concertos one hears from young artists eager to impress, and Grosvenor is clever enough to play not only engaging concertos by Saint-Saëns, Ravel, and Gershwin, but to toss in short bon-bons by these composers to sweeten the program. Grosvenor has sometimes described as a Romantic pianist, which suggests anything from excessive sentimentality to headstrong individualism, but this is something of an exaggeration. It is true that Grosvenor has the passion and expressive grandeur for music of the period, notably displayed in Saint-Saëns' grandiose "Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor," but he also possesses a modern sensibility that is ideal for the lighter textures and piquant expressions found in Ravel's effervescent "Piano Concerto in G major" and Gershwin's insouciant "Rhapsody in Blue" performed here in the original jazz band version arranged by Ferde Grofé. Grosvenor is much more rounded in his tastes and abilities than may be apparent from reviews, but given time, his judgment in programming will be as obvious as his prodigious skills at the keyboard. Decca's reproduction is close-up and vivid, so the piano has real presence, and its volume almost eclipses the orchestra at times.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/5/2013
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947835271
  • Catalog Number: 001761002
  • Sales rank: 11,066

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22 - Camille Saint-Saëns & James Judd (22:08)
  2. 2 The Swan (from "Carnival of the Animals"), original (for 2 pianos & ensemble) and arrangements - Camille Saint-Saëns & James Judd (2:31)
  3. 5–7 Piano Concerto in G major - Maurice Ravel & James Judd (20:43)
  4. 6 Prélude, for piano - Maurice Ravel & James Judd (1:27)
  5. 7 Rhapsody in Blue, for piano & jazz band - George Gershwin & James Judd (14:49)
  6. 8 Love Walked In, song (from the The Goldwyn Follies, film) - George Gershwin & James Judd (3:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Benjamin Grosvenor Primary Artist
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