Benjamin Grosvenor: Homages | Decca 4830255

Benjamin Grosvenor: Homages


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Label: Decca

Cat No: 4830255

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 9th September 2016



In this new recording Benjamin Grosvenor explores works by great composers paying tribute to their predecessors.
Amongst these works, Mendelssohn looks back to the Prelude & Fugue form made so popular by Bach; and Franck does likewise (adding a Chorale as a central section to his work).
Busoni takes Bach’s great solo violin Chaconne, presenting it in a bold and imaginative transcription for piano; Chopin breathes new life in to the traditional ‘Barcarolle’ of Venetian gondoliers, followed ten years later by Lizst’s tribute to Italian folksong, Venezia e Napoli.


This third recital album from Benjamin Grosvenor is every bit as pianistically brilliant as its precedents, showing off his fluid virtuosity, musical sensitivity and fearless approach. Homages is the title but the 24-year-old pianist hasn't taken the theme too literally. In fact, this is as much a homage to his great pianist predecessors as a showcase of composers paying tribute to one another. Best not to worry about semantics and simply revel in the imaginative programme.  Rebecca Franks (Instrumental Choice)
BBC Music Magazine Christmas 2016

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