Benjamin Grosvenor’s new recital album has just been released on 9 September 2016 on Decca Classics. His fourth CD on the label, Homages explores a number of works in which great composers pay tribute to their predecessors. Both Mendelssohn and Franck look back to the Prelude & Fugue form made so popular by Bach, while Busoni takes Bach’s great solo violin Chaconne and reinterprets it in a bold and imaginative transcription for piano. Chopin breathes new life into the traditional Barcarolle of Venetian gondoliers, followed ten years later by Liszt’s tribute to Italian folksong, Venezia e Napoli.
The digital edition of the album includes Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin, a suite for solo piano in which the composer paid homage to his musical predecessors and the traditional Baroque style. The work is also a tribute to Ravel’s own friends, as he dedicated each movement to a colleague who died in service during the First World War.
For a track listing and to hear a sample of the album please visit Decca Classics.