A tremendous recital of aristocratic poise from 26-year-old Benjamin Grosvenor, plus the best of May’s classical concerts 

Benjamin Grosvenor
Benjamin Grosvenor

Benjamin Grosvenor, Barbican ★★★★★

Only one thing dampened the spirits at Thursday night’s tremendous recital from young pianist Benjamin Grosvenor – the half-empty house. It was surprising for a pianist who’s been acclaimed as Britain’s best young pianist, since he won the keyboard final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2004.

It was a particular shame, as he offered a recital that deserved a cheering audience of thousands – Grosvenor may be only 26, but he played with an old-world elegance and style. In some ways, the best playing of the evening came at the very beginning, with Schumann’s Blumenstück (Flower Piece). Here the same handful of delicate melodies keep coming round in a way...

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