Benjamin Grosvenor: Chopin, Liszt, Ravel – review


Benjamin Grosvenor, 19, is the first British pianist to join the Decca label in nearly 60 years. On Friday he made his Proms debut, the opening night's youngest ever soloist, playing Liszt's Piano Concerto No 2. This recital disc shows his ability to twin youthful exuberance with impeccable technique and magisterial musical intelligence. Chopin's four scherzos, here interwoven with three nocturnes, demand a grasp of structure, especially the wild No 1 in B minor, which more experienced pianists struggle to convey. Grosvenor's balance of oratory and ornament, gesture and poetry – evident, too, in Ravel's Gaspard de la nuit – are moving as well as impressive. He's a phenomenon: modest, poised and natural, as well as brimming with talent.


Fiona Maddocks

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