Benjamin Grosvenor's new recording of Chopin Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 is Gramophone Magazine's Recording of the Month, March 2020.
Recorded for Decca Classics with Elim Chan and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the disc marks Benjamin's first orchestral album since his 2012 release Rhapsody in Blue.
Writing for Gramophone Magazine, Harriet Smith comments:
“When Benjamin Grosvenor finally makes his entrance, it proves well worth the wait, and his playing beguiles from the off; as the dynamics sink, his lines are full of poetry but they unfold with utter naturalness ... a delicious balance of extroversion with playfulness, Grosvenor’s virtuosity always at the service of the music … It’s the kind of disc that makes you rethink these works and appreciate them all over again."
Read the full review here.
Elsewhere in the press, BBC Music Magazine praised Grosvenor as “Surely the most successful British pianist of his generation, and uncommonly introspective too" while The Telegraph commented “Benjamin Grosvenor is the real deal … emotional volatility is so characteristic of Chopin, and Grosvenor always keeps it in mind. That, plus the warm and vivid recorded sound (and Elim Chan’s sympathetic conducting of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra) make this recording the one to go for."
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