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Benjamin Grosvenor chats with WGTE: Toledo about Homages

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Interview with WGTE's Brad Cresswell

In his new Decca Classics recording - Homages, British pianist Benjmain Grosvenor explores works by great composers paying tribute to their predecessors. Among these works, Mendelssohn looks back to the Prelude & Fugue form made so popular by Bach; and Franck does likewise (adding a Chorale as a central section). Busoni takes Bach's great solo violin Chaconne, presenting it in a bold transcription for piano; Chopin breathes new life in to the traditional ‘Barcarolle' of Venetian gondoliers, followed ten years later by Lizst's tribute to Italian folksong, Venezia e Napoli. From the 20th Century, Ravel looks to the traditional baroque suite for inspiration for his Tombeau de Couperin.

WGTE: Toledo OH - Brad Cresswell sat down with BG to discuss the new disc. LISTEN TO THE SEGMENT