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Rhapsody in Blue

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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  • Composer: George Gershwin
  • Audio CD (13 Aug 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B0086ALXQG
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,382 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Saint-SaŽns: Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.22 - 1. Andante sostenutoBenjamin Grosvenor10:25£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Saint-SaŽns: Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.22 - 2. Allegro scherzandoBenjamin Grosvenor 5:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Saint-SaŽns: Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.22 - 3. PrestoBenjamin Grosvenor 6:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Saint-SaŽns: The Carnival of the Animals (Grande Fantaisie ZoŲlogique) - Arr. Godowsky - The SwanBenjamin Grosvenor 2:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Ravel: Piano Concerto in G - 1. AllegramenteBenjamin Grosvenor 8:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Ravel: Piano Concerto in G - 2. Adagio assaiBenjamin Grosvenor 8:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Ravel: Piano Concerto in G - 3. PrestoBenjamin Grosvenor 4:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Ravel: Prťlude in A MinorBenjamin Grosvenor 1:27£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Gershwin: Rhapsody In BlueBenjamin Grosvenor14:50£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Gershwin: Love Walked InBenjamin Grosvenor 3:59£0.79  Buy MP3 


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British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor is internationally recognized for his electrifying performances and penetrating interpretations.
Following his highly successful debut album on Decca Classics (the youngest British musician to sign to Decca, and the first British pianist to join the label in almost 60 years) this, his second disc, features some of the foremost romantic piano concertos accompanied by the lush textures of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

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DEC 4783527; DECCA - Inghilterra; Classica Orchestrale per Piano

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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I received my CD from Amazon on the day I went to hear Benjamin Grosvenor live at the proms. Well. This was lovely and not just 'chandellier music'. You hear all the notes. He keeps to time with no hint of narcissism. This man loves music, and music making comes naturally to him. I have about 8 different recordings of the Saint-Saens 2, and this is my favourite. James Judd and the RLPO aren't just accompanists, especially in the Gershwin, which comes off spectacularly. Absolutely brilliant. Buy and enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A natural genius! 30 Nov 2012
By Wotan
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Once again I would recommend this disc for its unique outlook by Grosvenor on piano wonderworks. The whole disc glitters with both the soloist and his accompanists. His talent is so rare they are to be cherished now and in the future. His discs now I am shure will be very much sought after long after they have been deleted from any catalogues. If you do not own this disc yet do not hesitate to obtain a copy by hook or by crook.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 8 Jan 2013
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It is giving me many hours of enjoyment as we while away the dark days of winter . He is very talented.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 10 Dec 2012
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Absolutely fabulous performance of the Rhapsody, with all the pizazz of Gershwin's own piano roll. The jazz band orchestration is, to my mind, much more fun than the orchestral version. Eleven out of ten
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5.0 out of 5 stars music 23 Nov 2012
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Benjamin Grosvenor is astounding and I will continue to buy his CD's, a remarkable young man in so many ways.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pianistic virtuosity in the service of music. 11 Oct 2012
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The second album on Decca from this young piano genius is as rewarding as the first, perhaps more so. Firstly the program on this CD is far from the obvious crowd pleasers one might have expected, but yet it is likely to make new converts to the repertoire as well as the soloist. The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic under James Judd is an equal partner to the proceedings, sounding like they have been making music together with the solist for years. Exciting stuff and highly recommended!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine pianism! 14 Oct 2012
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Many reviews, whether online or elsewhere in the media, liken the Grosvenor touch to great pianists of the past, the reason for which seems to be that he has developed a personal style, rather than merely conform to the stereotypical convention of today, where personality is misconstrued with idiosyncracy. For that much, I take my hat off to this man, yet there is no sense of idiosyncracy in anything on this CD.

The Saint-Saens and Gershwin Rhapsody come off best and are fit to take their place alongside any performance or recording, past or present. Each is played with flair and imagination. There is also excellent support from the orchestra and conductor. My 'four-star' rating arises from the Ravel which is a slight disappointment, especially in the slow movement. The outer movements contain plenty of panache and interesting turns of phrase, but the adagio assai would benefit from a little less 'thinking' and a touch more 'inspiration'. Just occasionally, it sounds self-conscious and gives the allusion of slowing down. The concentration is apt to drift as a consequence, but it is possible play this music at a slower tempo, and avoid this. I am reminded how much I enjoy Alicia de Larrocha, Jean-Pilippe Collard, Martha Argerich and Cecile Ousset in this movement/concerto.

That said, I must emphasise that this point does not diminish my esteem for the disc as a whole or the pianist. I do, however, hope I shall hear Mr. Grosvenor play this work after he has lived another twenty years. This ultra-reflective music is not typical 'jeune-homme' music and it is important to remember that the afore-mentioned pianists, although exceedingly great, were at least thirty years Benjamin Grosvenor's senior when their recordings were made.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavenly
It was everything I was expecting and more! Benjamin Grosvenor has matured into a wonderful pianist and I look forward to the next album!
Published 6 months ago by Lyn Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant musicianship
Benjamin Grosvenor is a genius. He plays with such wonderful skill, sensitivity and maturity - and he's only 20 years old!
Published 10 months ago by Mike Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh and Exciting
This is a tremendous cd. A well known programme with some little known interludes. The freshness and excitement of this playing is something to be cherished.
Published 15 months ago by J. B. Arran
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing young pianist
I'm not qualified to attempt a pianistic judgment upon this British youngster except to say that watching and listening to him perform gives me a boost. Read more
Published 16 months ago by EF Pell
4.0 out of 5 stars A great pianist in the making, let down by the orchestral part
What sets Benjamin Grosvenor apart, now that he is no longer an 11-year-old child prodigy on the BBC but a late-teen 19-year-old (as of April, 2012 when this CD was recorded), is... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Santa Fe Listener
5.0 out of 5 stars sheer delight
I purchased this disc for "Rhapsody in Blue", which I found a sheer delight, beautifully played. I did not know the other items on this disc, but having now heard them, I am... Read more
Published 18 months ago by CLAIRE BUCKLAND
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have cd
That this young pianist displays technical facility is expected ; that he also brings a distinctive sound, original conceptions , and maturity in phrasing and vision is an all too... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Rugby
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