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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 & Works for Solo Piano / Bax


Release Date: 05/18/2018 
Label:  Signum Classics   Catalog #: 525  
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alessio Bax
Conductor:  Simon Over
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southbank Sinfonia
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Alessio Bax returns to recording with the Southbank Sinfonia under Simon Over, in a new album of works by Beethoven centered around the majestic “Emperor” Piano Concerto No. 5. Combining exceptional lyricism and insight with consummate technique, Alessio Bax is without a doubt “among the most remarkable young pianists now before the public” (Gramophone). He catapulted to prominence with First Prize wins at both the Leeds and Hamamatsu International Piano Competitions, and is now a familiar face on four continents, not only as a recitalist and chamber musician, but as a concerto soloist. He has appeared with more than 100 orchestras, including the London and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, Dallas and Cincinnati Symphonies, NHK Symphony in Read more Japan, St. Petersburg Philharmonic with Yuri Temirkanov, and the City of Birmingham Symphony with Sir Simon Rattle. Alessio has appeared frequently with the Southbank Sinfonia in concerts and recordings – their 2013 disc of Mozart’s Concertos Nos. 24 & 27 was described by Musicweb International’s critic as their “Recording of the Month … and quite possibly my recording of the year”. A live concert of the “Emperor” concerto in 2016 with the orchestra in Tuscany’s Incontri in Terra di Siena festival was met with praise by reviewers: “[Bax’s] capacity for softness and for evenness of touch came beautifully to the fore for the concerto’s many top-keyboard pianissimo flutterings, as his strong relationship with the orchestra also reaped dividends, producing satisfyingly sympathetic chamber pockets amidst the surrounding symphonic excitement.” Bachtrack (Live Concert Review)

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REVIEW:

His playing is consummately lyrical. His expressive molding and the very forward recording quality make for an overall result that is more immediate. All in all, this is an impressive disc, which repays repeated listening and can stand comparison with many of the biggest names.

– Gramophone Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alessio Bax (Piano)
Conductor:  Simon Over
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southbank Sinfonia
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 27 in E minor, Op. 90 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alessio Bax (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Contradances (12), WoO 14: no 1 in C major by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alessio Bax (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Contradances (12), WoO 14: no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alessio Bax (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
5.
Contradances (12), WoO 14: no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alessio Bax (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1802 
6.
Contradances (12), WoO 14: no 4 in B flat major by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alessio Bax (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Contradances (12), WoO 14: no 5 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alessio Bax (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
8.
Contradances (12), WoO 14: no 6 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alessio Bax (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1802 
9.
Contradances (12), WoO 14: no 7 in E flat major by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alessio Bax (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 
10.
Contradances (12), WoO 14: no 8 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alessio Bax (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
11.
Contradances (12), WoO 14: no 9 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alessio Bax (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
12.
Polonaise for Piano in C major, Op. 89 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alessio Bax (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 

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