Event Details

Tue, 27 Sep 2022

7.30pm

Victoria Concert Hall

“Once again, it was the case that everything Grosvenor touches turns to gold.” (Classical Source)

“He commands the stage with aristocratic ease … Mr Grosvenor makes you sigh with joy … A temperament rare in yesteryear, let alone now.” (The New York Times)

British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor makes a long-awaited return to Singapore! A “one in a million” (The Independent) giant of solo piano, Grosvenor has been heralded one of the most important pianists to emerge from the UK in several decades and is internationally recognised for his sonorous lyricism and understated brilliance at the keyboard. His virtuosic interpretations are underpinned by a unique balance of technical mastery and intense musicality.

Franz Liszt, the legendary 19th-century pianist-composer who is the subject of Grosvenor’s latest critically acclaimed recital disc, is represented in this Singapore recital programme, both as composer and as enduring influence on all writings pianistic. Centred around the monumental B minor Sonata, his seminal masterpiece, the programme opens with the famous piano arrangement of Bach’s Chaconne in D minor by Busoni, widely considered Liszt’s greatest successor in the art of piano transcriptions. Ravel, by contrast, was no piano virtuoso, but in writing brilliantly for the instrument, he was clearly indebted to Liszt’s legacy. In the suite Le Tombeau de Couperin, he also channelled the spirit of the Baroque French keyboard suite. The concert closes with Ravel’s La Valse, his swirling take on the Viennese waltz with an extraordinarily difficult climax so deliciously delirious that Liszt would surely have approved.

Programme

 

Bach-Busoni    • Chaconne in D minor (from Partita No. 2, BWV 1004)

Liszt                  • Piano Sonata in B Minor, S. 178

Ravel                 • Le Tombeau de Couperin

Ravel                 • La Valse

(Programme subject to change at the artists' discretion)

Duration

 

Approximately 1 hr 45 min

(including a 20 minutes intermission)