Congratulations Benjamin Grosvenor
01 October 2012
Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor received not one, but two Gramophone Awards at the London ceremony last week. ‘Young Artist of the Year‘ and ‘Instrumental Award‘ for his debut Decca recital disc 'Chopin, Liszt, Ravel'. Not only that, Benjamin is the youngest ever artist to be a double-Award winner!
Of his first Decca disc Gramophone reviewer Rob Cowan writes, ‘The virtuosity is easy to write about, and there's plenty of it. And yet, in the context of what makes this CD really exceptional, mere digital dexterity is hardly the main issue. Benjamin Grosvenor's art is in what might flippantly be called the small print, those intimate moments that only a genuine artist understands. True, he has the measure of Chopin's most mercurial Scherzo, the Fourth, which he performs with a subtle brand of bravura, and his coltish exuberance in the other three Scherzos is much to be admired. His Ravel is gripping, even though lurking demons are kept safely at bay. But perhaps the most telling track is the shortest, an ethereal canvas by Liszt called En rêve where every phrase is tellingly placed, every colour skilfully applied, whether with the subtle smudge of a thumb or the bolder stroke of a brush. We should rejoice that a voice such as his is thriving among us..'
Having released his acclaimed follow up disc, 'Rhapsody In Blue: Saint-Saens, Ravel, Gershwin', earlier this year, Benjamin is forging a career to rival those of the era of Cortot, Horowitz, Friedman, Cherkassky - illustrious company!
Benjamin GrosvenorBenjamin Grosvenor: Chopin, Liszt, RavelRhapsody In Blue: Saint-Saens, Ravel, Gershwin