Rising star Benjamin Grosvenor makes his SSO debut 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 have wanted 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 met [the challenge of the Utzon Room setting] with intelligent insouciance, playing with thoughtful detachment and immaculate technical command to produce a lean, distinctive sound of nuanced clarity.’’
Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald
17–19 October 2018 / Sydney Opera House
Hear the SSO play the original orchestral version of Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun on 17, 18 and 19 October.More Info