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Track Listing:

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Bach-Busoni / Chaconne in D minor, BWV 1004
 
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Mendelssohn / Prelude & Fugue in E minor, Op.35 nr.1
 
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Mendelssohn / Prelude & Fugue in E minor, Op.35 nr.1
 
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Mendelssohn / Prelude & Fugue in F minor, Op.35 nr.5
 
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Mendelssohn / Prelude & Fugue in F minor, Op.35 nr.5
 
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Franck / Prelude, Chorale and Fugue, FWV 21
 
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Franck / Prelude, Chorale and Fugue, FWV 21
 
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Franck / Prelude, Chorale and Fugue, FWV 21
 
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Chopin / Barcarolle, Op.60
 
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Liszt / Venezia e Napoli
 
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Liszt / Venezia e Napoli
 
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Liszt / Venezia e Napoli
 
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Ravel / Le Tombeau de Couperin
 
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Ravel / Le Tombeau de Couperin
 
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Ravel / Le Tombeau de Couperin
 
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Ravel / Le Tombeau de Couperin
 
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Ravel / Le Tombeau de Couperin
 
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Ravel / Le Tombeau de Couperin
 

Benjamin Grosvenor :

Homages


In this new recording, British pianist Benjmain Grosvenor explores works by great composers paying tribute to their predecessors. Among 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). Busoni takes Bach's great solo violin Chaconne, presenting it in a bold 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. From the 20th Century, Ravel looks to the traditional baroque suite for inspiration for his Tombeau de Couperin (available only on the digital release). The new album will be released by Decca on September 9, 2016.

Benjamin Grosvenor's albums are as much aesthetic manifestos on the art of making the piano sing as they are explorations of the sometimes hidden connections between works written centuries apart. When asked what had inspired him this time round to choose these particular composers, who "make something new from the old", he replied without hesitation: "This disc comprises a number of works united by the idea of ‘homage', and one strand of this is as you say - the idea of making something new from the old. Mendelssohn and Franck in these works look to the Prelude and Fugue (and so specifically to their particular master, Bach), and Chopin and Liszt to Italian folk traditions."

Benjamin Grosvenor is increasingly in demand in both recital and concerto appearances around the world.  Recently, the New York Times stated that "He commands the stage with aristocratic ease … Mr. Grosvenor makes you sigh with joy … A temperament rare in yesteryear, let alone now," and the Boston Globe said that "Grosvenor's honeyed tone and mesmeric intensity penetrated to the very heart of this mysterious and ravishing music."

Recent US appearances include concerto performances with the symphonies of Oregon, North Carolina and Kansas City.  Upcoming performances in 2017 will include recitals in St. Paul, Seattle, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles and Costa Mesa along with concerto dates in Atlanta and New York City.