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Benjamin Grosvenor plays Chopin, Liszt & Ravel

Benjamin Grosvenor Audio CD
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The British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor first achieved prominence as the eleven-year-old, youngest-ever winner of the Keyboard section of the 2004 BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition. He has since taken his place as one of today’s most exceptional musicians, receiving such accolades as “a master pianist” (Gramophone), “one in a million . . . several million” ... Read more in Amazon's Benjamin Grosvenor Store

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  • Audio CD (11 July 2011)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B0054O8PYA
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,122 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Frédéric Chopin: Scherzo No.1 In B Minor, Op. 20 8:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne No.5 in F sharp, Op.15, No.2 3:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Frédéric Chopin: Scherzo No.4 In E, Op.54 9:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne No.19 in E minor, Op.72 No.1 4:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Frédéric Chopin: Scherzo No.3 in C sharp minor, Op.39 6:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne In C Sharp Minor, Op. Posth. 3:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Frédéric Chopin: Scherzo No.2 In B Flat Minor, Op.31 9:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Frédéric Chopin: My Joys, Op.74 No.12 (arranged Liszt as No.5 of "Six Chants Polonais" S.480) 3:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Chopin: The Maiden's Wish, Op.74,No.1 (arranged Liszt as No.1 of "Six Chants Polonais" S.480) 3:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Franz Liszt: En Reve, Nocturne, S.207 2:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Maurice Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit - Ondine 6:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Maurice Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit - Le gibet 5:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Maurice Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit - Scarbo 8:40£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Chopin Liszt Ravel is the debut album from the Benjamin Grosvenor, who made his name as an 11 year old prodigy when he performed at the BBC Young Musician Final, (narrowly missing out to winner, violinist Nicola Benedetti).

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great debut 22 Jan 2012
By Elpenor
Format:Audio CD
You'd expect a highly-publicised former 'child prodigy' pianist to take the world by storm with his playing, but Grosvenor's pianism is far too interesting to focus solely on pyrotechnics. Indeed, it could almost be described as stealthy, the way he focuses on clarity and inner lines in Chopin's Scherzos when other pianists are more intent on barnstorming virtuosity. My first reaction was that the Scherzos were played too tamely, but Grosvenor's playing soon won me over. What he has achieved is phenomenal, especially for a young musician: the pieces come across with such freshness that I felt like I was discovering every detail anew, yet there is no hint that Grosvenor was being 'different' or eccentric just for the sake of it.

Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit is characterised by a similar Classical feeling for lightness, grace and clarity - it takes you by stealth rather than by storm. Having grown up with Argerich's demonic recording, I like my Gaspard more volatile, so I'm still not totally used to Grosvenor, whose temperament here is essentially Argerich's polar opposite. If I had one complaint about Grosvenor's debut, it's that it's perhaps a bit too mature or 'sane' - but, given that we're looking at a young pianist making his first big recording, that can't altogether be a bad thing, especially since his playing is consistently fresh and interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spendid ! 5 May 2012
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My english is very poor, but i can say Mr Grosvenor's talent is as Horowitz or Argerich one at theirs debuts! A real great coloutist in Ravel,fantastic as E.A POE novels....Chopin's scherzos are visionary,the Nocturnes are singing as Bellini !!! This Cd is a dream !
Very good sound !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most notable debut since Argerich? 3 Sep 2011
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I think this must be the most notable recorded debut for a major label since Martha Argerich's debut record. Grosvenor's technique is formidable but built into his playing is an extraordinary delicacy and tone colouring. he can certainly play the notes to match any rival but it is the sheer musicality of the playing that sets this disc apart. You can just listen to it again and again. I just hope that the critics, having hyped up Grosvenor, will resist their usual negative sniping as he matures as an artist. This is one very special pianist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning achievement 27 July 2011
By Rugby
Format:Audio CD
I enthusiastically second all the prior 3 reviews here, as well as Mark Ainley's blog review. Here in the USA , Grosvenor has appeared live a few times , each time to great acclaim. I eagerly await his next appearances here, where his "This and That" cd and live broadcasts have given him a large following. The Decca cd evidences the maturity,individual sound, and original conception one associates with a great artist. All the playing is exemplary, the Chopin 3rd Scherzo and "Maiden's Wish" nigh definitive, "Gaspard" stunning. Whatever other recordings of these works you have, you will gain new insights from Grosvenor . His is a career to follow, no better place to start than this Decca cd.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Completely spellbinding 19 July 2011
Format:Audio CD
Bought this recording straight after we'd seen Benjamin playing Liszt at the Proms and are bowled over by his interpretation, musicality and maturity. We know most of the Chopin pieces well but this is like hearing them for the first time. The soulfulness in his playing is astonishing for one so young; in particular the light passages in the Chopin Nocturnes have a finesse and lyricism that is astonishing. An absoutely A1 recording.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly inspired 10 Dec 2012
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His fantastic pianism enables him to reveal more of the real scherzo aspect of the four scherzos than any of the other recordings I have. As for the performance of Gaspard, it is certainly up with the best that I have heard, and probably better than any. More please!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Benjamin Grosvenor, one of my favourite cds. 18 Jan 2013
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The Ravel sends shivers down my spine. The Chopin has the most beautiful lucid lines and the Liszt is a dream. I play this cd over and over it is so lovely
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5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say? 12 Jan 2013
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If he can play like this when he is only 20, I can only wonder what he will play like when he is 40. I can only hope that he does not burn himself out early. Any one who enjoys this kind of music should buy it if they have not already done so.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Benjamin Grosvenor.
This debut disc from the young Benjamin Grosvenor is virtuosic, but much more importantly, the performances have a rare insight into the real meaning contained within the music. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Terry Elms
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
Really interesting playing, the Ravel in particular is gorgeous. He has such a virtuosic, light and subtle touch. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Penfold
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for friend
I sent off for this for a friend who does not have a computer. She absolutely loves this CD and plays it constantly. I am going to order it for myself on her recommendation.
Published 15 months ago by Pauline Westbury
5.0 out of 5 stars Benjamin Grosvenor plays Chopin, Liszt and Ravel
I chose this after hearing a review and listening to the music on the radio. I love classical music particularly piano playing. I would recommend it to all classical music lovers
Published 16 months ago by sheila
5.0 out of 5 stars great cd, but ...
But ........... shame on Amazon for their approach to UK tax affairs (i.e. non payment of corporation tax with a >£3 billion turnover)
Published 16 months ago by Bob B
3.0 out of 5 stars Too fast?
I FEEL that this is a very well recorded album. BG has a simply unbelievable technique and on some future album we will be able to enjoy it, but for me anyway, not this time. Read more
Published 16 months ago by R. T.
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant and long awaited brand new talent. The boy is a natural...
A STAR IS BORN!! Saw him at the age of 11, his talent is so natural he seems to be at one with any composer he chooses to play and this disc is a prime example
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Published 16 months ago by Wotan
5.0 out of 5 stars Music
Tell everyone to buy his CD's!, He has achieved so much at such a young age and will no doubt continue to do so.
Published 17 months ago by Katherine Leach
5.0 out of 5 stars Beware; genius at work
Don't ignore the hype....why? Because it's true. Was lucky enough to see and hear him live at the Sage Gateshead earlier this year (and shake his hand afterwards). Read more
Published 24 months ago by Nick, Nick
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