Benjamin Frith

Biography

Country: England  
English pianist Benjamin Frith studied with pianist Fanny Waterman. At age 14, Frith won the U.K. Dudley National Piano Competition, and at 20 he was asked by Peter Pears to play at the Aldeburgh Festival. Frith tied for first place in the 1986 Concorso Busoni and took top honors in the 1989 Artur Rubinstein Piano Competition. In 1992 he made a big impression at the Edinburgh Festival with Beethoven's Diabelli Variations; this led to his first Read more recording, made for ASV.

Frith tours all over the world and is frequently heard at festivals and on the competition circuit, though these days usually not as an entrant. Frith is renowned for his depth and sensitivity, not a hallmark one usually associates with pianists who win at the competitive level. Where Frith's work has had the most extensive reach and visibility, however, is in the recording studio. Although he has recorded one-off projects for Black Box Classics, Koch, and the defunct Unicorn Kanchana label, the overwhelming majority of Frith's work has been for the Naxos label. For Naxos he has recorded the music of Bax, Schumann, the complete piano concertos of John Field, and the complete piano music of Felix Mendelssohn. Frith is also greatly interested in chamber music with piano, and in 1998 he joined the Gould Piano Trio as its resident pianist. Read less

Biography

Country: England  
English pianist Benjamin Frith studied with pianist Fanny Waterman. At age 14, Frith won the U.K. Dudley National Piano Competition, and at 20 he was asked by Peter Pears to play at the Aldeburgh Festival. Frith tied for first place in the 1986 Concorso Busoni and took top honors in the 1989 Artur Rubinstein Piano Competition. In 1992 he made a big impression at the Edinburgh Festival with Beethoven's Diabelli Variations; this led to his first Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Vivace ma non troppo
II. Adagio
III. Allegro molto moderato
I. Allegro con brio
II. Adagio
III. Theme and Variations: Allegretto
I. Allegro moderato - [ ] - Tempo I
II. Allegretto poco scherzando - [ ] - Tempo I
III. Finale: Allegro molto - Moderato, tranquillo - Allegro assai - Largamente
I. Molto allegro ed agitato
II. Andante con moto tranquillo
III. Scherzo: Leggiero e vivace
IV. Finale: Allegro assai appassionato
I. Allegro grazioso
II. Allegretto con moto
III. Tempo di menuetto ma molto moderato
IV. Allegro moderato ma con fuoco
May Song (version for violin and piano)
Virelai, Op. 4, No. 3
Adieu (arr. J. Szigeti for violin and piano)
Adieu (arr. J. Szigeti for violin and piano)
I. Allegro
II. Romance
III. Allegro non troppo
I. Allegro leggiadro
II. Romance: In tempo sostenuto, quasi adagio
III. Rondo: Allegro sciolto assai
I. Allegro
II. Poco lento quasi adagio
III. In tempo moderato - con brio
I. Moderato e sostenuto
II. Poco largamente - non troppo lento
III. Con moto e marcato
I. Liturgie de cristal (Crystal Liturgy)
II. Vocalise, pour l'Ange qui annonce la fin du Temps (Vocalise, for the Angel Announcing the End of Time)
III. Abime des oiseaux (The Abyss of the Birds)
IV. Intermede (Interlude)
V. Louange a l'Eternite de Jesus (Praise to the Eternity of Jesus)
VI. Danse de la fureur, pour les sept trompettes (Dance of Wrath, for the Seven Trumpets)
VII. Fouillis d'arcs-en-ciel, pour l'Ange qui annonce la fin du Temps (Tangle of Rainbows, for the Angel Announcing the End of Time)
VIII. Louange a l'immortalite de Jesus (In Praise of the Immortality of Jesus)
No. 1. Andante espressivo
No. 2. Allegro agitato
No. 3. Allegretto scherzando
I. Allegro moderato ma con fuoco
II. Adagio
III. Allegro maestoso e moderato
I. Allegro con brio
II. Adagio (alla breve) con moto
III. Tempo moderato e molto ritmico
I. Molto moderato
II. Vivace
I. Moderato
II. Intermezzo: Adagio molto
III. Scherzo: Vivo
IV: Monody: Moderato tranquillamente
I. Moderato
II. Intermezzo: Poco allegro ma delicato
III. Vivo leggiero
I. Molto allegro agitato
II. Andante con moto tranquillo
III. Scherzo: Leggiero e vivace
IV. Finale: Allegro assai appassionato
I. Allegro energico e fuoco
II. Andante espressivo
III. Scherzo: Molto allegro quasi presto
IV. Finale: Allegro appassionato
I. Non troppo allegro, ma con fuoco e con espressione
II. Rondo: Allegretto scherzando
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Molto lente e tranquillo
III. Vivace
I. Allegro moderato
II. Rondo: Allegro
I. Allegro vivace
II. Allegro vivace
I. Con moto agitato: Andante
II. Allegro con moto
III. Presto
No. 1. Sanft und mit Empfindung
No. 2. Mit heftiger Bewegung
No. 3. Kraftig und feurig
No. 4. Schnell und beweglich
No. 5. Fuga - Ernst und mit steigender lebhaftigkeit
No. 6. Sehnsuchtig
No. 7. Leicht und luftig
Prelude
Fugue
I Andante con moto - Allegro vivace
II Scherzo: Presto
III Andante
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Presto
I. Allegro vivace
II. Andante
III. Allegro vivace
I. Allegro vivace
II. Adagio non troppo
III. Allegro
Moderato
Theme with Variations
Variation 1
Variation 2
Variation 3
Variation 4
Allegretto
Con moto
Notturno
Quattro variazioni: Variation 1
Variation 2
Variation 3
Variation 4
Preludio e Fuga
Part I THE ADORATION OF THE EARTH: Introduction
Part I: Auguries of Spring (Dances of the Young Girls)
Part I: Ritual of Abduction
Part I: Spring Rounds
Part I: Games of the Rival Tribes
Part I: Procession of the Wise Elder
Part I: The Sage
Part I: Dance of the Earth
Part II THE SACRIFICE: Introduction
Part II: Mystic Circles of the Young Girls
Part II: Glorification of the Chosen One
Part II: Evocation of the Ancestors
Part II: Ritual Action of the Ancestors
Part II: Sacrificial Dance
I. Allegro appassionato
II. Adagio - Molto sostenuto
III. Finale: Presto scherzando
Prelude in B flat major
Prelude in B minor
Prelude in D major
Etude in B flat minor
Etude in F major
Etude in A minor
Allegro non troppo
Andante sostenuto
Allegretto
Andante con moto
Allegro assai
Vivace


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