Back to baroque at King’s Lynn Festival

Benjamin Grosvenor ANL-150421-154752001
Benjamin Grosvenor ANL-150421-154752001
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Benjamin Grosvenor

King’s Lynn Minster

The King’s Lynn Festival can boast some superbly memorable concerts over the years and I am pleased to report, as expected, the recent recital by young pianist super-star Benjamin Grosvenor was in that category!

Benjamin, although a wizard at the keyboard technically, can match his dazzling technique with interpretations at once thoughtful and moving, as was evident at his concert as part of the Festival; King’s Lynn Minster, being the venue.

Playing to a full church, the former winner of the Keyboard Final of the 2004 BBC Young Musician Competition, gave commanding performances of not so well known works by Mendelssohn, Cesar Frank, Ravel, Liszt and the elaborate, mighty, Busoni, a transcription of J.S.Bach’s Chaconne from his second violin partita( BWV 1004).

The programme could be described as “back to the baroque” as the pieces seemed to be inspired by music from that period, certainly the Mendelssohn Preludes and Fugues, Busoni transcription, Cesar Frank Prelude, Choral, and Fugue and charming Le Tombeau de Couperin Suite by Ravel fitted that description.

I understand Benjamin may produce a recording of at least some of the works we heard live, so that will be worth waiting for.

One of Benjamin Grosvenor’s pianist heroes is Evgeny Kissin, another young lion of the keyboard, but we are lucky not to have had to go far to hear a British pianist as great and equal to any of the younger generation in the world today, thanks to all at this year’s King’s Lynn Festival!

Andy Tyler