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
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    The Moon Sails Out - Music for Cello and Piano
    Label: Em Records   Catalog: 31 Release Date: 09/04/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Cyril Scott,  Ian Venables,  Ivor Gurney
    Performer:  Richard Jenkinson,  Benjamin Frith
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    Keys, Sibelius, Brahms / Rohan De Saram, Benjamin Frith
    Label: First Hand Records   Catalog: 34 Release Date: 01/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ivor Keys,  Jean Sibelius,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Rohan de Saram,  Benjamin Frith
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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:  Benjamin Frith,  Robert Plane,  Alice Neary
    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,  Jénö 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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    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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    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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    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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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
Theme: Modere -
Variation 1: Modere -
Variation 2: Un peu moins modere -
Variation 3: Modere, avec eclat -
Variation 4: Vif et passionne -
Variation 5: Tres modere
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)
I. Allegro moderato
II. Caoine: Adagio quasi fantasia
III. Allegretto grazioso
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