Rising star Benjamin Grosvenor returns to Sydney with an elegant and evocative piano recital.
If you were lucky enough to hear the then 20-year-old Grosvenor in Sydney in 2012, you’ll know this is a recital that will highlight his distinctive gifts. The cheerful effervescence of Bach and Mozart calls for clarity and crisp articulation, and his lyricism and ability to sustain atmosphere will come to the fore in music from France and Spain. Debussy’s orchestral Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun is so exquisitely seductive, it’s no surprise that pianists want to play it too. Granados – inspired by the paintings of the young Goya – captures the “essence” of Spain in music that’s elegant, moody and richly coloured. The recital ends with Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit – it’s famously virtuosic but what touches the ear and the heart are its evocations of cascading water and spine-tingling hints of the sinister.
Benjamin Grosvenor piano
JS Bach French Suite No.5, BWV 816
Mozart Piano Sonata in B flat, K333
Debussy trans. Borwick & Copeland Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
Granados Two pieces from Goyescas
Ravel Gaspard de la nuit
City Recital Hall Member $77
Group (8+) $68
City Recital Hall Member $68
Group (8+) $60
City Recital Hall Member $58
Group (8+) $51
Under 30 $42
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