Tuesday, November 7, 2017 will be opening night for our 2017-2018 piano series and we are bringing back Benjamin Grosvenor for his third visit to us since 2014.
For a bit of background on him, check out our initial blog about him, https://mtochambermusic.wordpress.com/2014/01/27/benjamin-grosvenor/, or visit his website at https://www.benjamingrosvenor.co.uk/
The young pianist continues to delight and impress audiences around the world. Grosvenor continues to tour and play both with orchestras and in recital. He made his LA debut in May of 2017 receiving this great review – http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-benjamin-grosvenor-review-20170501-story.html
Since he was here last, he has released another album on the Decca Classics label. Homages was released in 2016, making it the fourth CD he has released since signing on in 2011 as their youngest British artist.
His program for our Toronto concert is:
Mozart Sonata in B-flat Major, K.333, “Linz”
Brahms Four Pieces, Op. 119
Brett Dean Hommage à Brahms (played as interludes between the Brahms pieces above)
Debussy L’après midi d’un faune (arr. Leonard Borwick/George Copeland)
Berg Sonata, Op. 1
Ravel Gaspard de la nuit
If you haven’t heard him live yet, you will want to join us on November 7th!
Australian Brett Dean is a contemporary composer. Born in Brisbane in 1961, he played violin from the age of eight and later moved to viola. He studied at the Queensland Conservatorium, graduating with the Conservatorium Medal for the highest achieving Student of the Year in 1982.
In 1985, he joined the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra as a violist. He played with them until 1999. He returned to Australia in 2000, deciding to work as a freelance artist. He started composing in 1988, originally for film and radio.
His list of compositions and awards has grown greatly over the years and includes pieces for ballet, opera, orchestra, chamber music, solo instruments, and choral. In 2016, Dean became the inaugural Artist in Residence with Sydney Symphony Orchestra, a position which will last for three years and includes conducting, performing, and collaborating with creative programming. The world premier of his latest opera, Hamlet, took place this past summer at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera.
We will hear his piano piece Hommage à Brahms played by Benjamin Grosvenor at our November 7, 2017 concert. While this three movement piece can be played on its own, it was intended to be performed as interludes between the Four Pieces of Op. 119 by Johannes Brahms – Engelsflügel 1 placed between Brahms’ B-minor and E-minor Intermezzos, Hafenkneipenmusik between the E-minor and C-major Intermezzos, and Engelsflügel 2 between the C-major Intermezzo and the E-flat-major Rhapsody. It will be played this way by Grosvenor at our concert.