Dances

Dances

by Benjamin GrosvenorBenjamin Grosvenor

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Overview

Even at a very young age (he was 22 when this album was released in 2014), British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor had the kind of sound that makes his compatriots roll over and put their paws in the air. It's understated, dry, humorous, and technically unimpeachable. On an album of dances, will some listeners want more oomph in, say, the Chopin "Andante spianato" and "Grande Polonaise Brillante, Op. 22"? Sure, but on his own terms Grosvenor is indeed impressive, and not just for his age. The opening Bach "Partita No. 4 in D major, BWV 828," is questionable in several ways; the interpretation seems capricious, and, even if you could explain connections conceptually, the work does not feel like it connects to the rest of the program. From there, however, things improve. The smaller works, most of all the "Eight valses poéticos" of Granados, are marvelously suited to Grosvenor's approach, and the usually splashy "Arabesques on Johann Strauss' By the Beautiful Blue Danube" are brought under control in a delightful way. The "Boogie-Woogie Etude" of Morton Gould is another effort that may be more satisfying within the U.K. than elsewhere, but for those looking for a savior of British music, Benjamin Grosvenor certainly bears watching.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/25/2014
Label: Decca
UPC: 0028947853343
catalogNumber: 002130302
Rank: 74380

Tracks

  1. Partita for keyboard No. 4 in D major, BWV 828 (BC L4)

    1. 1. Ouverture  (04:32)
    2. 2. Allemande  (04:44)
    3. 3. Courante  (01:39)
    4. 4. Aria  (01:02)
    5. 5. Sarabande  (02:50)
    6. 6. Menuet  (00:59)
    7. 7. Gigue  (01:54)
  2. Andante spianato and grande polonaise for piano & orchestra, Op. 22

    1. Andante spianato: Tranquillo - Semplice  (04:01)
    2. Polonaise: Allegro molto - Meno mosso  (08:57)
  3. Polonaise for piano No. 5 in F sharp minor, Op. 44, CT. 154  (10:24)
  4. Mazurkas (10) for piano, Op. 3: 6. C sharp minor: Scherzando

    1. 6. C sharp minor: Scherzando  (02:16)
  5. Mazurkas (10) for piano, Op. 3: 4. E major: Moderato

    1. 4. E major: Moderato  (03:55)
  6. Mazurkas (10) for piano, Op. 3: 9. G sharp minor

    1. 9. G sharp minor  (02:47)
  7. Waltz for piano in A flat major, Op. 38  (05:38)
  8. Valses poéticos (7), for piano, H. 147, DLR 7:8

    1. (Preludio): Vivace molto  (01:03)
    2. 1. Melodioso  (01:21)
    3. 2. Tempo de Vals noble  (01:07)
    4. 3. Tempo de Vals lento  (01:32)
    5. 4. Allegro humoristico  (00:38)
    6. 5. Allegretto (elegante)  (01:09)
    7. 6. Quasi ad libitum (sentimental)  (01:03)
    8. 7. Vivo  (00:39)
    9. 8. Presto  (01:54)
  9. Arabesques on J. Strauss II's "The Blue Danube Waltz" for piano  (10:02)
  10. España, album leaves (6) for piano, Op. 165, B. 37: No. 2. Tango

    1. No. 2. Tango  (02:39)
  11. Boogie Woogie Etude, for piano  (02:08)

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