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Fantastic reviews for Benjamin's Boston Symphony debut

January 10, 2018

Following his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin has received some wonderful reviews from the press surrounding his performance of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21. Benjamin joined the orchestra for four concerts across January, lead by the esteemed conductor François-Xavier Roth. Read a collection of Benjamin's reviews below:

 

Boston Globe

"Grosvenor’s piano entered as a spring bubbling up from the ground, cool and clear. So much of that concerto is built around the scale, and the pianist’s phrases flowed together with sleek, sparkling ease."

 

​Bachtrack

"Benjamin Grosvenor, making his debut with the orchestra, brought dazzling technique, a supple, controlled touch, a strong left hand and cool elegance to Mozart’s concerto. The famous Andante was a lesson in cantabile playing pillowed by Roth’s accompaniment and taking on the quality of a nocturne in its timbre. Fusillades of virtuosity propelled the sparkling final movement to its conclusion. Moszkowski’s Étude in A flat Op.72 no. 11 provided an impish encore with Grosvenor changing both his touch and tone to pour out arpeggios like cascading droplets."

 

​Boston Classical Review

"The solo spotlight fell upon Benjamin Grosvenor. At only 25, the British pianist has blossomed into an artist of international renown for his expansive repertoire and probing musical mind. His vehicle of choice Thursday night was Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21, in which he made his BSO debut. Safe as this choice of concerto might look on paper, Grosvenor’s performance brought the piece to vivid life. Textures were soft, phrases were shaped in singing lines, and the music flowered with both classical grace and lyricism. Grosvenor possesses a dazzling technique but there’s more to his touch than mere fireworks. The second theme of the first movement sounded with searching mystery, and his playing brought subtle weight to the minor-key passages than dot the development section. The finale had stormy energy as well, and Grosvenor brought fire and intensity to the cadenzas (by French pianist Robert Casadesus), which sounding almost like miniature sonatas unto themselves."

 

 Photo credit: Aram Boghosian

 

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