Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Benjamin Grosvenor - Dances

Rating: 5/5

A very fine disc

There has already been a mountain of praise heaped on this disc, so another review might be redundant but, for what it's worth, I think this really is as good as it's cracked up to be and Benjamin Grosvenor really is a phenomenal talent.

The programme is varied and interesting, and it is fascinating to hear Grosvenor's mastery of different styles. His technique is superb, of course, which allows him the freedom to interpret the music for himself. I think he does it wonderfully; the Bach Partita has a beautifully crisp articulation and impeccable phrasing, for example, and his tone and mastery of rubato in the Chopin pieces makes them positively glow.

I won't go on at length – plenty has already been said by others. In short, this is an imaginative programme of music, beautifully played and excellently recorded, and I warmly recommend this disc.

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