1 Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor Op. 22
2 Piano Concerto in G Major
3 Rhapsody in Blue
4 La Cygne (The Swan)
6 Love Walked In
Rhapsody in Blue
Including favourites by Saint-Saëns, Ravel and Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue highlights the lush textures of the romantic piano concertos. Benajmin is accompanied by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in this striking collection by some of the 20th Century’s most renowned composers.
In The Press
“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 but also its Bachian inspiration”
- International Piano
“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 ... Mercifully free from the increasingly stale competition circuit, Grosvenor’s is, at least, a talent in a thousand.”
“his tone and phrasing echoes of a golden age ... A champagne disc – fizz and finesse”
- BBC Music Magazine, 5*
“... piano wunderkind Benjamin Grosvenor programmes Gershwin alongside roughly contemporary pieces ... [Ravel’s Piano Concerto's] playful, jazzy manner is clearly beholden to Gershwin, particularly in the clarinet and woodwind opening, but Grosvenor and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic achieve a fine balance between its urban bustle and more reflective passages."
- The Independent, 4*
“Benjamin Grosvenor’s debut recording with orchestra is highly impressive ... utterly magical ... A supreme finish to an excellent recording.”
- Audiophile Audition
"Regardless of the work he is performing, his sound is beautifully polished and refined, even at its loudest never becoming hard…and his phrasing is elegantly crafted, always with a sense of line and forward momentum."
- The Piano Files
Decca Music Group, 2012: Rhapsody in Blue