Benjamin Frith

Born 1957
Benjamin Frith
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1957
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Benjamin Frith

Benjamin Frith Biography (Wikipedia)

Benjamin Frith (born 1957 in South Yorkshire) is a British classical pianist.

He was educated at the University of Leeds and graduated with a BA in Music in 1979. Subsequently, he studied under Fanny Waterman and won several awards early in his career, including the Gold Medal at the 1989 Arthur Rubinstein Piano Competition in Israel. He also won the Dudley Piano Competition aged only 14. He has appeared with many of the world’s finest orchestras including the Berlin Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Polish National Radio, and the BBC Philharmonic. He has worked with many leading conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Antoni Wit, Vasary, Skrowaczewski, Bamert, Atzman and Barry Wordsworth.

His repertoire ranges from Bach to Tippett and includes over 50 concertos. He has recorded all the John Field Piano Concertos and during 2002 numbers 5 & 6 reached the top of the Classical charts and since then has recorded all Field’s Nocturnes for solo piano. His disc of Schumann’s Davidsbundlertänze was chosen as the top recommendation on the Radio 3 “Building a Library” programme. Five of his discs are represented in the Gramophone – Best CD Guide and in response to his recording of the Diabelli Variations, Gramophone critic Richard Osborne wrote “ he possesses a formidable talent both musically and technically. Indeed, I would go as far as to suggest that there has not been a finer Diabelli on record by a young pianist since the classic recording by the twenty eight year old Stephen Kovacevich in 1968”. A recent recording of a selection of Scarlatti Sonatas was described in the BBC Music Magazine as follows “Benjamin Frith is an inspired choice for the fifth disc of the Naxos cycle, a compelling advocate of the piano he transports the music to the new medium, capitalising on the piano’s ability to pick out a strand, shape dynamics and bathe textures in subtle pedalling, without ever misrepresenting Scarlatti – a disc to convert the most die-hard...

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John Field
Nocturne No.10 in E minor
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Nocturne No.10 in E minor
Michael Tippett
Piano Concerto (1st movement)
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Piano Concerto (1st movement)
John Field, Benjamin Frith, Royal Northern Sinfonia & David Haslam
Rondo. Allegro (Piano concerto No.5 in C major, H.39 'L'incendie par l'orage')
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Rondo. Allegro (Piano concerto No.5 in C major, H.39 'L'incendie par l'orage')
John Field
Nocturne No 5 in B flat major
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Nocturne No 5 in B flat major
Cyril Scott
Lullaby, Op.57 No.2 arr. cello & piano
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Lullaby, Op.57 No.2 arr. cello & piano
Edward Elgar
May Song
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May Song
John Ireland
Bagatelle for violin and piano
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Bagatelle for violin and piano
John Field
Nocturne no.6 in F
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Nocturne no.6 in F
Igor Stravinsky
The Shrovetide Fair (Petrushka)
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The Shrovetide Fair (Petrushka)
John Field
Nocturne No. 4 in A major
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Nocturne No. 4 in A major
Edward Elgar
Reminiscences
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Reminiscences
Igor Stravinsky
Petrushka - Opening
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Petrushka - Opening
Fanny Hensel
Fantasia in G Minor
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Fantasia in G Minor
Edward Elgar
Allegretto: Duet on a theme of G-E-D-G-E
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Allegretto: Duet on a theme of G-E-D-G-E
John Field
Piano Concerto No.5 in C major, 'L'Incendie par l'Orage' (1st movement)
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Piano Concerto No.5 in C major, 'L'Incendie par l'Orage' (1st movement)
Ian Venables
Through These Pale Cold Days, Op 46 (Procrastination)
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Through These Pale Cold Days, Op 46 (Procrastination)
Ian Venables
Through These Pale Cold Days, Op 46 (The Send Off)
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Through These Pale Cold Days, Op 46 (The Send Off)
Ludwig van Beethoven
Bagatelles op.126 no. 6
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Bagatelles op.126 no. 6
Ludwig van Beethoven
Cello Sonata in D op. 102 no. 2
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Cello Sonata in D op. 102 no. 2
Ludwig van Beethoven
Bagatelles op.126 nos. 1, 2 and 3
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Bagatelles op.126 nos. 1, 2 and 3
Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Sonata in E Major op.109
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Piano Sonata in E Major op.109
Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Suite 'Much Ado About Nothing'
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Suite 'Much Ado About Nothing'
Robert Schumann
Novelette, Op 20 No 1
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Novelette, Op 20 No 1
John Field
Nocturne No 15 in C major
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Nocturne No 15 in C major
Edward Elgar
3 Characteristic Pieces Op.10 For Orchestra [revised From Early "Suite" In D Ma - no.1; Mazurka
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3 Characteristic Pieces Op.10 For Orchestra [revised From Early "Suite" In D Ma - no.1; Mazurka
John Field
Nocturne No.18 in E major, ‘Le Midi’
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Nocturne No.18 in E major, ‘Le Midi’
Benjamin Frith
Allegretto on G-E-D-G-E
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Allegretto on G-E-D-G-E
David Adams, Benjamin Frith, Alice Neary, Johannes Brahms & Lucy Gould
Piano Quartet No 2 in A major Op 26
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Piano Quartet No 2 in A major Op 26
Stanford
Legend
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Legend
Ulster Orchestra, E.J. Moeran, Benjamin Frith & JoAnn Falletta
Rhapsody no. 3 in F sharp major for piano and orchestra
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Rhapsody no. 3 in F sharp major for piano and orchestra
Marat Bisengaliev
Polonaise in D minor (feat. Benjamin Frith)
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Polonaise in D minor (feat. Benjamin Frith)
John Field
Nocturne No.11 in E flat major (feat. Benjamin Frith)
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Nocturne No.11 in E flat major (feat. Benjamin Frith)
Francis Poulenc
Violin Sonata (feat. Krysia Osostowicz & Benjamin Frith)
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Violin Sonata (feat. Krysia Osostowicz & Benjamin Frith)
Oscar Perks, Sir Edward Elgar & Benjamin Frith
Chanson de nuit Op.15`1 for violin and piano
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Chanson de nuit Op.15`1 for violin and piano

Chanson de nuit Op.15`1 for violin and piano

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Oscar Perks, Sir Edward Elgar & Benjamin Frith
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Manuel de Falla
Suite populaire espagnole for violin and piano, arr. Kochanski from Canciones populares espanolas (feat. Krysia Osostowicz & Benjamin Frith)
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Suite populaire espagnole for violin and piano, arr. Kochanski from Canciones populares espanolas (feat. Krysia Osostowicz & Benjamin Frith)
Malcolm Arnold
Day Dreams for piano
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Day Dreams for piano
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