Lance's programs: 7/14 Jan. 2017: Benjamin Grosvenor, piano

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Lance's programs: 7/14 Jan. 2017: Benjamin Grosvenor, piano

Post by Lance » Thu Jan 05, 2017 12:13 pm

BENJAMIN GROSVENOR, pianist
Two-part Broadcast Feature

Frequently, as new artists emerge on the scene today, much of the hype is to push these artists by their agents. Occasionally, we get surprises, some good, some excellent and some not-so-good. In the case of British-born BENJAMIN GROSVENOR, we have a wonderful pianist, born in 1992, who already has a proven record, a pianist, who it is "hyped," in of the grand old tradition of yesteryear. It seems to be true after listening to all of his available recordings. Having 'developed' recordings with EMI, Grosvenor signed with Decca, who is well noted for their piano recording and sound properties. It was a good choice, though some of Chopin's "rarities" recorded by EMI were made available on their label. So fine is this pianist, I am dedicating two programs in his honor, and I most assuredly look forward to future releases from this pianist who can play Bach to Morton Gould and just about everything in-between. You can learn about his studies and background by listening in to the broadcasts.

Here are the program lineups:

[1] Saturday, January 7th, 2017

• Chopin: Three "rarities": Bourée in G Minor; Bourée in A Major; Galopp in A-flat Major [all without opus numbers, composed 1846] (r.2009/EMI]
• D. Scarlatti: Two sonatas: in F Minor, K466; in D Minor, K141 (r.?/Galton Productions)
• Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit (complete) (r.2011/Decca)
• Chopin: Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise in E-flat Major, Op. 22 (solo version) (r.2013/Decca)
• J. Strauss., Jr./G. Cziffra: Tritsch-Tratsch Polka (r.?/Galton Productions)

[2] Saturday, January 14th, 2017

• Franck: Prelude, Chorale and Fugue (r.2015)
• Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 22 w/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, James Judd, conductor (r.2012)
• Johann Strauss/Schulz-Evler: On the Beautiful Blue Danube (r.2013)

Here is the link:
www.http://wpel.streamon.fm/

The program can be heard anywhere in the world as long as you have a computer with speakers and adjust your time schedule to equate to 7:00 p.m. Eastern time. My usual descriptive dialogue about the artist and subject matter precedes the musical content.

I hope you will enjoy these two broadcasts honoring pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, which is heard all over the world via the Internet at the above-listed URL. •
Lance G. Hill
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