Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano
April 27, 2014 | 7 pm
“In an age of ready-made virtuosos,” writes the Times of London, Benjamin Grosvenor’s “gifts are already distinctive: poetic, romantic, almost old-school.” Those gifts were evident when he first emerged at age eleven on the classical scene of his native England winning the BBC’s Young Musician Competition. In the decade since, he has cultivated the expressive tone and probing musical intelligence that mark him as a star with staying power for years to come.
Audiences at Grosvenor’s Duke Performances debut will hear the most promising British pianist in decades just as he joins the first rank of international performers. His uncommon instinct for lyricism is perfectly matched in the graceful melodic lines of Schubert’s great G-flat Impromptu and in Ravel’s Schubert-inspired Valses Nobles et Sentimentales.
Mendelssohn: Andante & Rondo Capriccioso in E Major, Op. 14
Schubert: Impromptu in G-flat, Op. 90 No. 3
Schumann: Humoreske, Op. 20
Medtner: 2 Fairy Tales, Op. 51 No. 3 in A Major & Op. 14 No. 2 in E Minor (“March of the Paladin”)
Ravel: Valses Nobles et Sentimentales
Gounod/Liszt: Valse de Faust