Benjamin Grosvenor – Liszt (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:23:50 minutes | 1,31 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Decca Music Group Ltd.
For his new recital published on the Decca label, Benjamin Grosvenor has chosen Franz Liszt, whose music has followed him since his childhood thanks to his grandfather’s initiation. Dedicated to the pianistic monument that is the Sonata in B minor, the English pianist’s programme aims to bear witness to the various aspects underlying the Hungarian composer’s creation with emblematic compositions (Petrarch’s Three Sonnets), original ones (Lullaby), as well as the extraordinary power of re-creation that Liszt distilled in his paraphrases; here we find the Reminiscences of Norma after Bellini and his arrangement of Schubert’s Ave Maria.
Every concert and every recording of Grosvenor’s music is long awaited and desired, so rich is his personality and his extraordinary pianistic mastery. His recent album devoted to the Frédéric Chopin Concertos confirmed the pre-eminence of this pianist within a well-to-do brotherhood.
His vision of the famous Liszt Sonata is immediately among the most inspired. Like a bird of prey, Grosvenor knows how to wait for the right moment to pounce on the chords with diabolical precision and contained rage, in a dramatic Mephistophelian tension. At the same time, the fluidity of his piano opens the door to the twentieth century and particularly to Ravel’s world so dependent on the Liszt lesson. It is known that Brahms had fallen asleep when Liszt played his Sonata to him after a probably drunken dinner. Nothing probable here with this powerful evocation of life and death. Magisterial!
1. Benjamin Grosvenor – Lento assai – Allegro energico – Grandioso – Recitativo
2. Benjamin Grosvenor – Andante sostenuto –
3. Benjamin Grosvenor – Allegro energico
4. Benjamin Grosvenor – Andante sostenuto – Lento assai
5. Benjamin Grosvenor – Liszt: Berceuse, S. 174
6. Benjamin Grosvenor – 4. Sonetto 47 del Petrarca
7. Benjamin Grosvenor – 5. Sonetto 104 del Petrarca
8. Benjamin Grosvenor – 6. Sonetto 123 del Petrarca
9. Benjamin Grosvenor – Liszt: Réminiscences de Norma, S. 394 (after Bellini)
10. Benjamin Grosvenor – Liszt: Ave Maria, S. 558 (after Schubert, D. 839)