4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: Benjamin Grosvenor plays Chopin, Liszt & Ravel (Audio CD)
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. I blind tested it on a VERY discerning friend and he felt the same way.
Examples: Scherzo 1 (a fast piece) BG 8'18: Ashkenazy 9'51; Le Gibet (a slow piece) BG 5'30: Roget 6'37. I better emphasize that not every track is this crazy, some are really quite good, but Scherzo 1 upset me so badly that it is difficult to be objective after hearing it. My friend, of Scherzo 1, actually said that it sounded like a parody of Chopin. Personally I wish that I had never heard it, most unpleasant.
Stars for technical prowess 6, stars for overall artistic judgement... a lot less.
I am absolutely thrilled that we have a potential pianist who, understandably, can run beside Stephen Hough, and I suppose if the object was to make a big first splash then this album seems to be working on a lot of people, but for those of us musicians who like to relate to the music that we are listening to this kind of thing is alienating.