BENJAMIN GROSVENOR - DANCES

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BENJAMIN GROSVENOR
DANCES

Isaac Albéniz · J.S. Bach
Frédéric Chopin · Morton Gould
Enrique Granados · Andrey Schulz-Evler
Alexander Scriabin
Int. Release 04 Aug. 2014
1 CD / Download
0289 478 5334 3 CD DDD DH


Track List

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)
Partita No.4 in D , BWV 828

1.
4:33

2.
4:44

3.
1:40

4.
1:02

5.
2:51

6.
1:00

7.
1:55

Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849)
Andante spianato and Grande polonaise in E flat, Op.22

Alexander Scriabin (1872 - 1915)
10 Mazurkas, Op.3 (1889)

Enrique Granados (1867 - 1916)
Valses Poéticos

Valses Poéticos

16.
1:21

Valses Poéticos

Valses Poéticos

Valses Poéticos

Valses Poéticos

Valses Poéticos

Valses Poéticos

22.
0:40

Valses Poéticos

23.
1:55

Andrey Schulz-Evler (1854 - 1905)
Isaac Albéniz (1860 - 1909)
Morton Gould (1913 - 1996)
Benjamin Grosvenor

Total Playing Time: 1:21:08

It's been a good while since we've had quite so much enthusiastic feedback about a disc featured in our weekly newsletter as there's been over the past couple of days --. many of you have been in touch over email to let us know how much you're enjoying "Dances" and to share your memories of Benjamin's live performances . . .

A young pianist shines in Bach and boogie . . . [you'll find lots of] artistic personality in this lively and intelligent double album . . . [J.S. Bach / Partita no. 4 BWV 828]: [Grosvenor gives] us Bach playing with elegant clarity and a gentle heart. The poise of the sarabande is particularly exquisite: Grosvenor at such points seems inside the notes, entirely the music's servant . . . one pleasure follows another, with carefully balances textures, widely varied degrees of touch and virtuosity that comes as naturally as breathing. Three od Scriabin's early mazurkas glide by, fluidly poetic, music poised between the concert hall and the salon . . . [Granados's "Valses Poéticos" are] pitched with exquisite skill and delicacy . . . a deliciously smoky Albéniz tango . . . This is an exhilarating programme all told, from a greatly gifted young artist. Excellently recorded, too.

His virtuosity is most floridly displayed in Adolf Schulz-Evler's gloss on Strauss's "By the Beautiful Blue Danube", but it's the Bach Partita that best displays a talent where an assured modesty allows the music's subtler charms to shine through.

A superb collection from a brilliant young pianist . . . an outstanding collection of pieces . . . Here Grosvenor brings all of his virtuosic brilliance and musical intelligence to a wide-ranging and very attractive selection of pieces, all immaculately played and crisply recorded.

. . . a wonderful array of piano music inspired by various dance forms . . . do check out the album -- brilliant piano playing of a wide range of repertoire!

. . . the delivery is absolutely winning . . . [Chopin]: [Grosvenor] bowls you over with his flexibility and power: the "Grande Polonaise Brillante" is terrific . . . The discovery is the "Valses Poéticos" by Granados, done with total charm and dash. Even the trashy Schulz-Evler mash-up of Strauss's "Blue Danube" is transmuted by Grosvenor into something breathtaking.