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Dances ~ Benjamin Grosvenor
Dances ~ Benjamin Grosvenor
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Yes, I too have all his earlier discs and have heard him live on a great evening in Hexham. I agree with every word of the previous reviewer and do not wish to repeat what he said. The recital is brilliantly planned from lengthy Bach and Chopin, gradually becoming more and more effervescent through Scriabin and Granados, until with Schulz-Evler the champagne corks are popping and flying everywhere. Two contrasting encores complete a very special disc by the greatest young home-grown pianist since goodness knows when. Bravo Benjamin Grosvenor, and thanks to Decca for showcasing him so well.
This is one of the early 1D books and now seems to be out of print and quite rare. If you can get it through 'Marketplace' you will find it is one of the best books about the boys with masses of terrific photos, though the text matter is now, I think, well known and won't tell you much that you don't already know.
No, get this book for the photos and enjoy.
Steven McRae: Dancer in the Fast Lane (Oberon Book&hellip by Andrej Uspenski
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The main fault with this otherwise good book is that I expected more explanatory text - what is it like to have risen to stardom so fast, what was his earlier experience in life, what are his favourite roles, just more about HIM! As it is the photographs are excellent, but why so many in dowdy rehearsal clothes which make Steven look ordinary, and relatively less in performance gear where he looks the star that he is.
I saw him recently in the cinema streaming of 'Sleeping Beauty' and his solo in the final act pas de deux got the biggest cheer of the night, and was definitely the finest I have ever seen. So this book devoted to his art is welcome, but is not quite the spectacular paeon… Read more