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Benjamin Grosvenor

September 7, 2012

Highlights from the Proms

Benjamin Grosvenor was born in 1992 in a town just outside London. Everyone assumed that he would follow family tradition and play the piano. No one expected that he would perform in front of thousands at the BBC Proms in London. On Performance Today, we'll hear Grosvenor's second star turn at the Proms with a concerto by Camille Saint-Saens. And Brian Newhouse will preview the famous Last Night of the Proms concert he's hosting this weekend.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Nicolai Kapustin
    Concert Etude No. 6 (Pastoral)
    Benjamin Grosvenor, piano
    The Frederic Chopin Society, St. Paul
  • Camille Saint-Saens
    The Swan, from the Carnival of the Animals
    Benjamin Grosvenor, piano
    The BBC Proms, London, England
  • Camille Saint-Saens
    Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 22
    Benjamin Grosvenor, piano, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Dutoit, conductor
    The BBC Proms, London, England
  • Ronn Yedidia
    Nocturne
    Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet, Ronn Yedidia, piano
  • Marc-Andre Hamelin
    Etude No. 2 in E Minor (Coma Berenices)
    Marc-Andre Hamelin
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    The Procession of the Nobles, from Mlada
    The Dallas Wind Symphony, Jerry Junkin, conductor
    Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas
  • Franz Liszt
    En Reve (Dreaming), S. 207
    Benjamin Grosvenor, piano

hour 2

  • Benjamin Britten
    The Bitter Withy and Hunt the Squirrel, from Suite on English Folk Tunes
    The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Paul Goodwin, conductor
    Ordway Center for the Arts, St. Paul
  • Michael Gandolfi
    The Jumping Bridge, from the Garden of Cosmic Speculation
    The Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra, George Manahan, conductor
    Aspen Music Festival, Aspen, Colorado
  • Christopher Cerrone
    That Night With the Green Sky
    Mellissa Hughes, soprano, Thomas Bagwell, piano
    Gurari Studios, New York City
  • Aaron Copland
    Billy the Kid
    The San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
    Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
  • Benjamin Britten
    The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
    The San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
    Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
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