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Pianist Alessio Bax Releases Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 & Works for Solo Piano with Southbank Sinfonia on Signum Classics on May 18
Source: 21C Media Group
25/04/2018

Italian pianist Alessio Bax – “clearly among the most remarkable young pianists now before the public” (Gramophone) – announces the release of his latest Signum Classicsalbum, Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 & Works for Solo Piano, available May 18. For the new recording, Bax reunited with the UK’s Southbank Sinfonia and conductor Simon Over, his collaborators on Alessio Bax plays Mozart. His much-lauded discography for Signum Classics also includes Beethoven’s “Hammerklavier” and “Moonlight” Sonatas – picked as a Gramophone “Editor’s Choice” – and the new album once again features the master composer’s music, pairing some of his lesser-known solo works with the great “Emperor” Concerto. When Bax played the concerto with the same forces at the 2016 Incontri in Terra di Siena Festival, before launching his Artistic Directorship there last summer, Bachtrack admired his “beautifully crisp, sharp, satisfyingly phrased performance”:
“His 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.”
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 & Works for Solo Piano can be pre-ordered here.
See Bax discussing the new album 
The album release comes amidst a full spring lineup for Bax that has already included a six-stop U.S. tour with Berlin Philharmonic principal flutist and renowned soloist Emmanuel Pahud, taking in Washington’s Kennedy Center, New York’92nd Street Y, and the San Francisco Performances series. The pianist also looks forward to presenting an Italian-themed solo recital program, also on May 18, at London’s Wigmore Hall, where he has appeared many times both as a soloist and in chamber settings, including three performances last season. In June he performs multiple programs at both the Great Lakes and Seattle Chamber Music Festivals, as well as playing a gala with violinist Joshua Bell at Rhode Island’s Newport FestivalOn July 28 he launches his second season as Artistic Director of Italy’s Incontri in Terra di Siena festival, hailed as “one of the most enjoyable musical enterprises of the Tuscan summer” (Financial Times, UK) and celebrating its 30th anniversary this season. As curated by Bax, the 2018 lineup includes tenor and superlative lieder interpreter Ian Bostridge and some of the world’s foremost musicians, including flutist Emmanuel Pahud, violinist Daishin Kashimoto, violist Lawrence Power, pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, Bax’s wife and regular recital partner, pianist Lucille Chung, Bax himself, and many more. Finally, looking ahead to next season, Bax is delighted to be making his just-announced Boston Symphony Orchestra debut in the New Year playing Mozart’s Concerto in C minor, one of the works he recorded with the Southbank Symphony on Alessio Bax Plays Mozart.
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