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Reviews: recital success in Spain

Benjamin Grosvenor has enjoyed three wonderful recitals in Gran Canaria, Oviedo and at the prestigious Palau de la Muisca Catalana, Barcelona over the past few days.

Critics were unanimous in their praise of the British pianist, with particular admiration for his interpretation of Liszt’s Sonata in B Minor, as featured on his most recent Decca release.

Next up, Benjamin performs Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto with the orchestra of Opéra de Rouen, conducted by Ben Glassberg, culminating in a performance at La Seine Musicale in Paris this Sunday.

Full links to reviews below.

Grosvenor seduced us by his sensitivity and good taste, his poetics, technique and expression merging into a magical whole … never out of control, he exposed his technical mastery, his virtuosity, his strength in attacks, to create a sonata in which poetic delicacy and passion converged … Grosvenor possesses musical qualities that promise him a career full of successes. Scherzo, review by Lluís Trullén

"Benjamin Grosvenor shone at the Palau de la Música with Liszt's Sonata in B Minor … he approaches the score boldly, with detail and precision difficult to find in today's generation of piano media stars. A perfect, nuanced touch" ABC Espana, review by Pep Gorgori (*****)

… a revealing interpretation [of Liszt’s B-minor Sonata] with the emphasis firmly on introspection and possibilities … and a ravishingly restrained account of the second of Ginastera’s Danzas Argentinas. The audience wanted more, and Grosvenor relented, and dashed off the third Dance, playing the glissandos for all he was worth. He brought the house down." Colin’s Column, review by Guy Holloway


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