WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Notations & Sketches / Soares

Soares,Alexander
Release Date: 02/22/2019 
Label:  Rubicon   Catalog #: 1016  
Composer:  Henri DutilleuxPierre BoulezOlivier Messiaen
Performer:  Alexander Soares
Number of Discs: 1 
In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  


Notes and Editorial Reviews


Following his debut at London’s Southbank Centre aged 23, British pianist Alexander Soares has garnered a reputation as an artist whose performances have been acclaimed for their “huge intensity” (The Daily Telegraph) and “diamond clarity and authority” (BBC Radio 3). Since winning the Gold Medal in the prestigious Royal Overseas League Competition, he has regularly performed in major venues and festivals across the UK, Europe and the United States.

With the shadow of the Second World War hanging over a fractured Europe, revolutionary musical change was taking place, nowhere more so than in Paris in 1945. At first glance, combining Boulez, Dutilleux and Messiaen in
Read more a single disc may seem an uneasy balance, given the tensions between them in light of their divergent compositional paths. Nevertheless, a great deal of mutual respect and admiration existed between them as they each established themselves as major creative forces. Boulez remained very attached to his former teacher Messiaen and, in his role as a conductor, has done much to champion the latter’s music.

Dutilleux also revered Messiaen, as both a good friend and a musician and has also praised much of Boulez’s work. It is in this context that this album seeks to illuminate their intriguing development across the second half of the century, by placing major works from each composer alongside shorter sketches.

-----

REVIEW:

Although most of these pieces have been collated on various anthologies of French piano music, few of them can match this new release in its balanced conception or consistency of execution. Soares has their measure in abundance, resulting in what could hardly be a more auspicious debut album.

– Gramophone Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano by Henri Dutilleux
Performer:  Alexander Soares (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; France 
2.
Preludes (3) for Piano by Henri Dutilleux
Performer:  Alexander Soares (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973-1988; France 
3.
Mini-prélude en évantail by Henri Dutilleux
Performer:  Alexander Soares (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
4.
Notations (12) for Piano by Pierre Boulez
Performer:  Alexander Soares (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; France 
5.
Une page d'éphéméride by Pierre Boulez
Performer:  Alexander Soares (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2005 
6.
La Fauvette passerinette by Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Alexander Soares (Piano)
7.
Prelude for Piano by Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Alexander Soares (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; France 

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title