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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 (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,618 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.22 - 1. Andante sostenutoBenjamin Grosvenor10:25£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.22 - 2. Allegro scherzandoBenjamin Grosvenor 5:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.22 - 3. PrestoBenjamin Grosvenor 6:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Saint-Saëns: The Carnival of the Animals (Grande Fantaisie Zoölogique) - 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: Prélude 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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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Jackson on 18 Aug. 2012
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Wotan on 30 Nov. 2012
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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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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Anything Musical on 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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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Rugby on 29 Aug. 2012
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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 rare combination at any age. How ever many recordings of these works you may have, you must add Grosvenor's . This cd more than fulfills the expectations raised by his equally stunning debut solo cd on Decca last year.

A carefully sculpted, multi-dimensional first mov. ; suave yet whimsical scherzando second ; and a daemonic yet at times playful finale , place Grosvenor's reading of the Saint-Saens Concerto on the same heights now occupied by my reference Gilels / Kondrashin and Rubinstein / Wallenstein recordings . The Ravel gives this pianist opportunities to display his sound , at times reminding of the golden warmth of the young Cliburn, at times the silvery bell-like quality of Kapell, and , throughout , the kaleidoscopic nuances of Michelangeli. An inspired choice, Grosvenor employs the 1924 Grofe jazz-band orchestration of the Gershwin, rather than Grofe's full -orchestra version we usually hear, the result a more intimate experience for listener and players alike. This "Rhapsody " is alive, exciting, in the moment, Gershwin himself "visible" at a piano in his favorite speakeasy.

Both pianist and orchestra here bring a freshness and vitality to these works that would have a listener wondering if the performances were live. The pianist is aided by a shared vision with the conductor , and wonderful playing in the orchestra, particularly solo parts in the "Rhapsody." I dont believe this combination of concerti has shared the same recording before, imaginative programming here.

Another unique feature of this cd are the 3 encores.
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By Lyn Mason on 25 Sept. 2013
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It was everything I was expecting and more! Benjamin Grosvenor has matured into a wonderful pianist and I look forward to the next album!
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Benjamin Grosvenor is a genius. He plays with such wonderful skill, sensitivity and maturity - and he's only 20 years old!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CLAIRE BUCKLAND on 2 Oct. 2012
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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 thrilled with the whole recording, which has also recceived the full approval to my musical friends.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By EF Pell on 15 Dec. 2012
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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.I'm happy to have this recording in my collection.
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