British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor is internationally recognised for his electrifying performances, distinctive sound and insightful interpretations. His virtuosic command over the most arduous technical complexities underpins the remarkable depth and understanding of his music making. Described as “one in a million...several million” by The Independent, he has also been lauded as “a keyboard visionary” by the Süddeutsche Zeitung.
Benjamin first came to prominence as the outstanding winner of the Keyboard Final of the 2004 BBC Young Musician Competition at the age of eleven, and he was invited to perform with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the First Night of the 2011 BBC Proms aged just nineteen. A pianist of widespread international acclaim, he was announced as the inaugural recipient of The Ronnie and Lawrence Ackman Classical Piano Prize with the New York Philharmonic in 2016.
- 01. Colin Matthews: Ghost Story1'56"
- 02. James Wilson: Footprints1'51"
- 03. Kate Whitley: Ripples1'27"
- 04. Daniel Kidane: Aria Antica3'07"
- 05. Hannah Kendall: A Winged Spirit1'41"
- 06. Michael Berkeley: A Dark Waltz2'11"
- 07. Mark-Anthony Turnage: Cleethorpes Chorale2'46"
- 08. Joanna Lee: Midnight Feast1'59"
- 09. Satoko Doi-Luck: Oji-Koen1'52"
- 10. Tansy Davies: Hawk2'23"
- Total duration: 21'13
This release comes with a sheet music book (violin & piano) and audio CD featuring the pieces performed as a duo, and solo piano for the student violinist to play along to.
The pieces appear in order of increasing difficulty, with Colin Matthews' Ghost Story (Grade 2*) and Tansy Davies' Hawk (Grade 5*)
The works are also available as a regular album only release (download only).
* Graded exams equivalent
Hyeyoon Park violin
Benjamin Grosvenor piano
Colin Matthews, curator of Many Voices for London Music Masters writes:
'In 2018 London Music Masters celebrated its 10th birthday. As part of the celebrations we commissioned ten of the most exciting emerging and established composers working in the UK today to create new works for children and young people. The pieces are inspired by, and dedicated to, the young musicians learning as part of London Music Masters’ primary school music education programme. We believe that by including the many diverse voices, perspectives and stories around us we can create music that will resonate today and in the years to come.
Our hope is that this collection will be as inspiring to the children who perform it as it is to the audiences who hear it. Writing for young musicians is such an important part of a composer’s job, not least because it stretches us. Writing for those who may be at a very early stage in their musical development without in any sense ‘writing down’ to them can be very demanding. The response from the composers who were approached to be part of the project has been so heartening, and there is the potential to expand to many more than those who are published here. There could not be a more appropriate title than Many Voices: the intention behind it was always to embrace open-mindedness to the vital importance that creativity plays in our lives, while reflecting the fact that the singing voice is the starting point for all music and fundamental to the development of instrumental writing.'
Released in partnership with London Music Masters.
Benjamin Grosvener appears by kind permission from Decca.
'A most welcome initiative … Colin Matthews’ Ghost Story, an object lesson in conjuring up atmosphere from the most basic means .. or the most testing of all, Tansy Davies’s Hawk, and action-packed two and a half minutes of vertiginous dynamics' The Sunday Times
NMC Recordings is extremely grateful for the generous support of the Britta and Jeremy Lloyd Family Charitable Trust, and the Ernest Cook Trust, for helping to make this project possible.
All tracks were recorded at All Saints Church, Tooting on 23 November 2018.
DAVID LEFEBER Recording Engineer & Producer