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INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW – ‘DANCES’ Thursday, 30 October 2014

“There is something of the conjuror and the magician about Grosvenor. His stage demeanour is quiet and humble, his technique is effortless and flawless, his rhythmic energy and flexibility are…

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BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE PODCAST – ‘DANCES’ Friday, 19 September 2014

Rebecca Franks and Jeremy Pound from BBC Music Magazine explore Benjamin Grosvenor’s new release ‘Dances’ which is their Recording of the Month for October. Podcast can be found here .

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GRAMOPHONE – ‘DANCES’ Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Recording of the Month – “Benjamin Grosvenor may well be the most remarkable young pianist of our time.” Full review can be found here .

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BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE – ‘DANCES’ Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Recording of the month ***** ‘The quality of this playing is altogether exceptional. Benjamin Grosvenor takes nothing for granted in music. Nor should we when listening to him’. ‘All in…

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SINFINI MUSIC – ‘DANCES’ Tuesday, 5 August 2014

“The expansive and intricate Bach Partita No.4 comes across with huge intelligence, the contrapuntal voices beautifully balanced, the atmosphere of each movement defined, by turns rapturous or playful (some listeners…

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THE INDEPENDENT – ‘DANCES’ Friday, 1 August 2014

“His virtuosity is most floridly displayed on the delicate trills and runs in Adolf Schulz Evler’s gloss on Strauss’s “By the Beautiful Blue Danube” “The assured modesty of his approach…

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THE TIMES – ‘DANCES’ Tuesday, 1 April 2014

“This is an exhilarating programme all told, from a greatly gifted young artist. Excellently recorded, too.” – Geoff Brown Full review can be found here

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ARTS JOURNAL BLOGS – ‘RHAPSODY IN BLUE’ Tuesday, 12 February 2013

“How such depth of brilliance could be housed by somebody so young is enough to make you believe that reincarnation can come with accumulated wisdom.” – David Patrick Stearns Full…

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INTERNATIONAL PIANO – ‘RHAPSODY IN BLUE: SAINT-SAËNS’ Friday, 11 January 2013

“The programming is exemplary” “fleet fingerwork and fizzing trills lift Grosvenor’s performance to another level” “Grosvenor’s way with Saint-Saën’s Second Piano Concerto is most affecting, capturing not only its fantasy…

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GRAMOPHONE – ‘RHAPSODY IN BLUE’ Friday, 2 November 2012

“one of the most dazzling records to have come my way for many years.” “He has technique to burn and his pungency and force are things to marvel at” “Grosvenor’s…

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THE PIANO FILES – ‘RHAPSODY IN BLUE’ Monday, 24 September 2012

“Profound and dazzling interpretations of great music… Grosvenor’s style, as I commented when reviewing his solo disc last year, blends an unusual degree of refinement and precision with old-school impulsiveness…

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BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE – ‘RHAPSODY IN BLUE’ Wednesday, 5 September 2012

“I can only concur with other critics who hear in his tone and phrasing echoes of a golden age, and that he should count Alfred Cortot and Benno Moiseiwitsch among…

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AUDIOPHILE AUDITION – ‘RHAPSODY IN BLUE’ Wednesday, 29 August 2012

“Benjamin Grosvenor’s debut recording with orchestra is highly impressive.”  “What marvellous and uplifting energy!” “Did I mention “Love Walked In” is utterly magical?  A supreme finish to an excellent recording.”…

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THE INDEPENDENT – ‘RHAPSODY IN BLUE’ Saturday, 11 August 2012

“On his second Decca set, piano wunderkind Benjamin Grosvenor programmes Gershwin alongside roughly contemporary pieces by Ravel and Saint-Saëns, but it’s the connection between Rhapsody in Blue and Ravel’s Piano…

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THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER – ‘CHOPIN, LISZT & RAVEL’ Thursday, 22 March 2012

“Poised to make his New York recital debut Sunday, the 19-year-old British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor has been nothing but a sensation so far, and his recital disc of Chopin selections,…

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THE OBSERVER – ‘CHOPIN, LISZT & RAVEL’ Sunday, 17 July 2011

“This recital disc shows his ability to twin youthful exuberance with impeccable technique and magisterial musical intelligence.” – Fiona Maddocks  Full review can be found here

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THE DAILY TELEGRAPH – ‘CHOPIN, LISZT & RAVEL’ Saturday, 16 July 2011

 “The first thing you notice is the limpid surface of Grosvenor’s playing, the warm tonal gleam that he conjures up from the keys. It is a beautiful sound, and beneath…

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THE PIANO FILES – ‘CHOPIN, LISZT & RAVEL’ Saturday, 9 July 2011

“The playing on this disc is some of the best you will hear of these works and bears repeated listening – indeed, it demands it. It is the kind of…

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THE INDEPENDENT – ‘CHOPIN, LISZT & RAVEL’ Friday, 8 July 2011

“His debut programme for the label ingeniously moves from Chopin to Ravel’s “Gaspard De La Nuit” by way of Liszt’s “En Rêve”, a pleasing arc further finessed by the way…

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THE TIMES – ‘CHOPIN, LISZT & RAVEL’ Friday, 8 July 2011

“Grosvenor, you can tell, is a Romantic pianist, almost from another age. He doesn’t deconstruct, or stand at a distance. He jumps inside the music’s soul.” – Geoff Brown Full…

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Concert Reviews

THE EXAMINER – SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY Saturday, 6 September 2014

“Grosvenor and MTT clearly shared a deep and loving appreciation for Ravel’s economic use of thematic materials. As a result, where many pianists turn the most virtuoso phrases into rapid-fire…

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SF GATE – SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY Friday, 5 September 2014

“here’s hoping for a return visit, and soon” Full review can be found here .

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THE INDEPENDENT – BBC PROMS / CADOGAN HALL Tuesday, 2 September 2014

“Benjamin Grosvenor’s chamber Prom provided the expected feast of flawless pianism.” – Michael Church Full review can be found here .

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TELEGRAPH – BBC PROMS / CADOGAN HALL Tuesday, 2 September 2014

“he drew us into his world, especially in the three central works in his programme, all of which seemed ideal vehicles for his remarkable gifts.” – Hugo Shirley Full review…

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THE TIMES – BBC PROMS / BBC PHILHARMONIC Monday, 11 August 2014

“The 22 year old pianist’s playing was exactly as Chopin’s own was described, at the work’s Paris debut: “elegant, fluent and graceful, possessing brilliance and clarity.” – Hilary Finch

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GUARDIAN – BBC PROMS / BBC PHILHARMONIC Sunday, 10 August 2014

“Technically, his playing was utterly assured, with an easy confidence to his delivery of even the fastest and most tricky passages that commanded admiration while avoiding any hint of theatricality….

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THE INDEPENDENT – BBC PROMS / BBC PHILHARMONIC Saturday, 9 August 2014

“It’s a pleasure watching Benjamin Grosvenor’s artistry blossom. “…the Chopin was a delight from start to finish.” – Michael Church

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BACH TRACK – CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA Tuesday, 5 August 2014

“Grosvenor is a superbly talented and musical performer” “he displays maturity that would be envied by many more experienced players.” – Timothy Robson Full review can be found here

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DER TAGESSPIEGEL – KONSERTHAUSORCHESTER BERLIN Monday, 9 September 2013

“Der schwierige, mit Oktavsprüngen und spritzigen Läufen gespickte Solopart ist bei Benjamin Grosvenor in besten Händen – äußerst feinnervig trifft der britische Pianist den schlüpfrigen Salonton des von Ravel inspirierten…

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THE VANCOUVER SUN – VANCOUVER RECITAL SERIES Saturday, 13 April 2013

“So here’s the deal: Grosvenor has it all. This guy is someone to watch out for.” – David Gordon Juke

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SAN FRANCISCO CLASSICAL VOICE – SAN FRANCISCO PERFORMANCES Wednesday, 10 April 2013

“Grosvenor is a most atypical artist. His savant-like approach to details and his unspoiled clarity may be unexcelled among today’s ranks of piano artists. His performance may have been nearly…

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THE TIMES – BARBICAN, BBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Tuesday, 15 January 2013

“Grosvenor revealed much more of his precious mettle in Britten’s Piano Concerto, mostly a product of the composer’s mid-20s. Not a natural concerto writer, Britten fumbles with the format here…

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THE INDEPENDENT – QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL Thursday, 1 November 2012

“Benjamin Grosvenor may be only 20, but it’s a long time since we had a Southbank debut as keenly awaited as this.” “…he routinely programmes surprises, like a conjuror pulling…

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THE TELEGRAPH – QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL Thursday, 1 November 2012

“He walked on with that guileless straightforwardness that comes from complete confidence, frowned at the keyboard for two seconds as if to take its measure, and plunged into the grand,…

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FINANCIAL TIMES Thursday, 16 August 2012

“His Saint-Saens concerto alternated between a distant dream world and outbreaks of sparkling effervescence, and his encore – Saint-Saens “The Swan” in Godowsky’s transcription – glided poetically across the keys”…

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GRAMOPHONE – BBC PROMS Wednesday, 15 August 2012

‘a remarkable, exciting talent…’ ‘the Royal Philharmonic’s concert was packed to the rafters and I put that down to the draw of Grosvenor’ ‘fearless and thrilling’ ‘A rare talent’ –…

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GUARDIAN – BBC Proms Wednesday, 15 August 2012

‘The best moment in this year’s concert came when all were quite silent, listening open mouthed to a red-shirted student pianist make light of the dense tangle of notes into…

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THE INDEPENDENT – BBC Proms Wednesday, 15 August 2012

“The virtue of Saint-Saens’s second piano concerto, which he played in Prom 43 with Charles Dutoit and the Royal Philharmonic, was that its second and third movements allowed him to…

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JESSICA DUCHEN – BBC PROMS Wednesday, 15 August 2012

“Benjamin went for gold” “the pianist’s voice shone out as a sliver of truth: genuine, unsullied 100-carat musicality. The work’s ferocious technical challenges flew past as though effortless” “He took…

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NEW YORK TIMES – THE FRICK COLLECTION Wednesday, 21 March 2012

“a formidable technician and a thoughtful, coolly assured interpreter” Full review can be found here

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WASHINGTON POST – KENNEDY CENTRE Monday, 5 March 2012

“It was a prodigious debut, marked in equal parts by Grosvenor’s outstanding technical accomplishment and his interpretive depth.” – Charles T. Downey Full review can be found here

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THE STRAIT TIMES – SINGAPORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Wednesday, 29 February 2012

“In between all of this was 19-year-old British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor’s original and compelling take on Schumann’s Piano Concerto. That all the notes fell comfortably within his prodigious fingers was…

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THE GUARDIAN – FIRST NIGHT OF THE BBC PROMS Monday, 22 August 2011

“The evening’s main soloist, 19-year-old Benjamin Grosvenor, later launched himself at Liszt’s Second Piano Concerto, revelling in its brilliance and conveying its blend of showmanship and poetry with easy assurance….

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CLASSICALSOURCE.COM – FIRST NIGHT OF THE BBC PROMS Monday, 22 August 2011

“He gave Liszt 2 a terrific outing. From the woodwinds’ beguiling opening invitation, responded to with much poetry by Grosvenor, through to the high kicks of the grandstand coda, there…

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