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Interview with KING: FM - Dave Beck

In Benjmain Grosvenor's new recording - Homages, The British pianist explores works by great composers paying tribute to their predecessors. Among these, 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 (available only on the digital release). 

KING FM's Dave Beck asked the rising young soloist about what makes this music special, and about his own personal influences.
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