Schumann & Brahms

Acclaimed British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor performs carefully curated solo works by Brahms and The Schumanns.

Schumann & Brahms centres around Robert Schumann’s Kreisleriana, a sonic rollercoaster of varied emotions which his wife Clara at times deemed too sinister. Clara’s Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, for piano in F Sharp minor, Op. 20 are performed exquisitely on this album, along with Intermezzi (3), Op. 117 from their friend Johannes Brahms.

Benjamin is widely considered to be one of the most important pianists today with an exceptional talent. This album is Benjamin’s seventh album with Decca, after becoming the youngest artist ever signed to them in 2011. Benjamin holds many prestigious awards including Diapason d’Or de l’année, several Gramophone Awards, and was the winner of the BBC Young Musician’s keyboard section aged 11.

We feature excerpts from this album in our playlist Weekend Classics. Benjamin also features in our playlist Nocturne.

Love in Exile

Grammy award-winning singer Arooj Aftab collaborates with jazz pianist Vijay Iyer and multi-instramentalist Shahzad Ismaily on this improvisatory album Love in Exile.


Grammy award-winning jazz singer Cecile McLorin Salvant uses the story of European folkloric legend of Mélusine to reveal secrets and explore identity.


Award-winning ensemble Consone Quartet begin their series of Mendelssohn’s complete string quartets, here with fresh interpretation of his ‘1823’ quartet on gut strings.

Racing The Storm

The second collaboration between Icelandic singer-songwriter Emilíana Torrini and Belgian duo The Colorist Orchestra.

Safe Ground

Filipino-American singer-songwriter Sandrayati releases her intimate debut album exploring love, identity and courage.

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