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Benjamin Frith

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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
Field: Piano Music Vol 1 - Nocturnes And Sonatas / Frith
Release Date: 11/30/1999   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550761   Number of Discs: 1
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Mendelssohn: Concertos For Two Pianos / Frith, Tinney, Et Al
Release Date: 12/17/1996   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553416   Number of Discs: 1
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Field: Piano Concertos No 1 & 3 / Frith, Haslam, Et Al
Release Date: 06/22/1998   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553770   Number of Discs: 1
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Romantic Piano Concertos - Field: Concertos No 2 & 4 / Frith
Release Date: 08/31/1999   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553771   Number of Discs: 1
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Field: Piano Music Vol 2 / Benjamin Frith
Release Date: 06/13/2000   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550762   Number of Discs: 1
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    Beethoven: Piano Trios, Vol. 3 / Gould Piano Trio
    Label: Somm   Catalog: 135 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Alice Neary,  Benjamin Frith,  Robert Plane
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gould Piano Trio
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    Bowen: Phantasy Quintet, Piano Trios… / Gould Piano Trio
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10805 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  York Bowen
    Performer:  Benjamin Frith,  Robert Plane,  Mia Cooper,  David Adams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gould Piano Trio
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    Great Chamber Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501064 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Franz Schubert,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Tamás Szabo,  Gábor Fias,  Attila Falvay,  György Éder  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kodály String Quartet,  Auer String Quartet,  Villa Musica Ensemble  ... 
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    Label: Mood Media Entertainment   Catalog: 57757 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  César Cui,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Pachelbel,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Jeffrey Biegel,  Tamas Benkocs,  Kimball Sykes,  Stéphane Lemelin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Villa Musica,  Stuttgart Piano Trio,  Concentus Hungaricus
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    Brahms: Piano Trios / Gould Piano Trio
    Label: Quartz Records   Catalog: 2011 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Lucy Gould,  Benjamin Frith,  Alice Neary
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gould Piano Trio
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    Messiaen Edition Vol 1 - Organ Works, Piano Works, Songs
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 8949 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Olivier Messiaen
    Performer:  Willem Tanke,  Peter Hill,  Benjamin Frith,  Ingrid Kappelle  ... 
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    Stanford: Piano Quartet No 2, Piano Trio No 1 / Gould Piano Trio
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572452 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Villiers Stanford
    Performer:  Lucy Gould,  Benjamin Frith,  Alice Neary,  David Adams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gould Piano Trio
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    Elgar: The Violin Music / Bisengaliev, Frith, Bisengalieva, Ungrangsee
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572643-45 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
    Performer:  Marat Bisengaliev,  Benjamin Frith
    Conductor:  Bundit Ungrangsee
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  West Kazakhstan Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Classical Chill: The Romantic Collection, Vol. 2
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578009-10 Release Date: 08/31/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Antonín Dvorák,  Ottorino Respighi,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Ernst Ottensamer,  Benjamin Frith,  Ilya Kaler,  János Bálint  ... 
    Conductor:  Anthony Bramall,  Jaroslav Krcek,  Enrique Bátiz,  Johannes Wildner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Budapest Rossini Ensemble
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    John Ireland: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2 / Gould, Neary, Frith
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572497 Release Date: 08/31/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Ireland
    Performer:  Alice Neary,  Benjamin Frith,  Lucy Gould
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    A Fantasy Idyll: Works By David Bowerman
    Label: Champs Hill Records   Catalog: 5 Release Date: 04/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Bowerman
    Performer:  Mark Wardell,  Katie Hodges,  Adrian Woodward,  Claire Helsdon  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gould Piano Trio
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    Easy Listening Piano Classics - Mendelssohn And Field
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578079-80 Release Date: 02/23/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  John Field
    Performer:  Péter Nagy,  Benjamin Frith
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    Easy Listening Piano Classics - Schumann
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578083-84 Release Date: 02/23/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Benjamin Frith,  Bernd Glemser,  Dénes Várjon,  Jenö Jandó  ... 
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    Kurt Roger: Clarinet Quintet; Piano Sonata / Frith, Plane, Gould, Neary
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572238 Release Date: 12/15/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kurt Roger
    Performer:  Benjamin Frith,  David Adams,  Mia Cooper,  Robert Plane  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gould Piano Trio
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    Arnold: Complete Music For Solo Piano / Benjamin Frith
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 472900 Release Date: 11/17/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Malcolm Arnold
    Performer:  Benjamin Frith
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    Ireland: Piano Trios / Gould Piano Trio
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570507 Release Date: 05/26/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Ireland
    Performer:  Lucy Gould,  Benjamin Frith,  Alice Neary
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gould Piano Trio
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    Schubert: Piano Trio No 2;  Macmillan: 14 Little Pictures / Gould Piano Trio
    Label: Wigmore Hall Live   Catalog: 26 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  James MacMillan,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Benjamin Frith,  Lucy Gould,  Alice Neary
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gould Piano Trio
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    Messiaen: Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps / Plane, Gould Piano Trio
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10480 Release Date: 07/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Olivier Messiaen
    Performer:  Benjamin Frith,  Alice Neary,  Robert Plane,  Lucy Gould
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gould Piano Trio
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    Stanford: Clarinet Sonata, Piano Trio No 3 / Plane, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570416 Release Date: 08/28/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Villiers Stanford
    Performer:  Benjamin Frith,  Robert Plane,  Alice Neary,  Viola] David [Violin Adams  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gould Piano Trio
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    Bax: Clarinet Sonatas, Trios / Plane, Gould Piano Trio
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557698 Release Date: 05/16/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arnold Bax
    Performer:  Robert Plane,  Benjamin Frith,  Alice Neary,  Lucy Gould
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gould Piano Trio
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    Turner: Music Of His Time
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558116 Release Date: 03/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Hector Berlioz,  Felix Mendelssohn,  John Field  ... 
    Performer:  Idil Biret,  Rivka Golani,  Benjamin Frith,  Norbert Kraft  ... 
    Conductor:  Yoav Talmi,  Oliver Dohnányi,  Johannes Wildner,  Barry Wordsworth  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Diego Symphony Orchestra,  Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra,  Kodály String Quartet  ... 
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  • 22.
    Wilfrid Josephs: Music For Clarinet / Linda Merrick
    Label: Metier   Catalog: 92058 Release Date: 03/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wilfred Josephs
    Performer:  Linda Merrick,  Benjamin Frith
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kreutzer Quartet
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  • 23.
    D. Scarlatti: Complete Keyboard Sonatas Vol 5 / Benjamin Frith
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554792 Release Date: 01/21/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti
    Performer:  Benjamin Frith
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    Classical Chill
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8520101 Release Date: 05/21/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir Arthur Bliss,  Toru Takemitsu,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Charles Villiers Stanford  ... 
    Performer:  Petri Alanko,  Tedi Papavrami,  Olga Pasichnyk,  Benjamin Frith  ... 
    Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones,  Okko Kamu,  Kees Bakels,  Noel Edison  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Northern Philharmonia,  Tapiola Sinfonietta,  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Romantic Piano Concertos - Field: Piano Concertos No 5 & 6
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554221 Release Date: 02/19/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Field
    Performer:  Benjamin Frith
    Conductor:  David Haslam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia
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