Alessio Bax Launches Royal Philharmonic UK Tour This Week, Snares Gramophone’s “Editor’s Choice” for “Hammerklavier” Disc, and Records Two New Albums

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Alessio Bax Launches Royal Philharmonic UK Tour This Week, Snares Gramophone’s “Editor’s Choice” for “Hammerklavier” Disc, and Records Two New Albums  

 

Alessio Bax, hailed by International Piano as “a pianist of refreshing depth,” launches a UK tour this week with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Jan 29 – Feb 8). He performs two repertory classics, Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto and Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto, under the baton of Alexander Shelley, the orchestra’s newly named Principal Associate Conductor. The enterprising pianist precedes the five-concert tour, which includes a stop in London on February 3, with recording sessions for a pair of Signum Classics albums at Snape Maltings in Aldeburgh: a solo album of Russian repertoire, and music of Poulenc with his wife, pianist Lucille Chung. Snape was also the location for his first recital disc a decade ago for Warner Classics, Baroque Reflections, which snared Gramophone magazine’s “Editor’s Choice” award.

 

Bax recently scored another Gramophone “Editor’s Choice” for the fall release of Alessio Bax plays Beethoven. The Signum Classics album features two of the master’s greatest sonatas, the “Hammerklavier” and “Moonlight,” as well as pair of Bax’s own lively transcriptions from The Ruins of Athens. Of the “Hammerklavier,” reviewer Bryce Morrison said, “Even when compared to legendary performances of this sonata (Kempff, Richter, Gilels, Brendel, etc), this performance stands its ground in music to test the technique and intellect of even the greatest pianists.Alessio Bax is clearly among the most remarkable young pianists now before the public.”

 

Beethoven is also on the docket for the first concert in Bax’s Royal Philharmonic tour: the Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor,” at Kingston on Hull. Bax then turns to another favorite composer, playing Rachmaninov’s famously passionate Piano Concerto No. 2 in Northampton (Feb 1), London’s Cadogan Hall (Feb 3), Croydon, South London (Feb 4) and Southend (Feb 8). The Italian-born pianist has won plaudits for his interpretations of Rachmaninov, with Classics Today remarking, “Rachmaninov’s music fits Alessio Bax’s seemingly boundless technique hand in glove, along with his big, luscious, multi-colored sonority and ardent temperament.”

 

Bax kicked off the New Year playing Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the Helsinki Philharmonic, led by Pietro Rizzo. Helsingin Sanomat observed, “In the hands of Bax and Rizzo, Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini became a dance in turns demonic, playful, elegant and passionate. Bax possesses a fluid virtuoso technique and a diamond-like color palette.” In March he reunites with the Southbank Sinfonia in London to perform the Rhapsody under the baton of legendary pianist and conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy (Mar 25). The ensemble previously collaborated with Bax on his recording of Mozart’s Piano Concertos K. 491 and K. 595, released by Signum Classics in 2013.

 

For his current recording sessions in Aldeburgh, Bax has chosen Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and selections by Scriabin. San Francisco Classical Voice hailed Bax’s [email protected] recital last spring of Pictures and Beethoven’s “Hammerklavier”: “Rarely do you hear a pianist play two monumental, exhausting works back-to-back in one concert. Alessio Bax proved he had the chops, youthful stamina, and artistic insight for it.”

 

This week Bax is also recording the two-piano transcription of Poulenc’s Concerto for Two Pianos in D minor, the Sonata for Four Hands, and L’Embarquement pour Cythère with his wife and frequent duo partner, Lucille Chung. The pair is widely regarded as one of the foremost duos of their generation. UK’s Classical CD Choice declared, “Bax and Chung demonstrate an almost supernatural understanding of the demands of the duo repertoire.

 

Bax also has discovered a natural musical kinship with star violinist Joshua Bell. This past fall, after the pianist opened the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s season as soloist in a pair of Mozart concertos, he concertized with Bell on a U.S. tour, including stops at Disney Hall in Los Angeles, Jones Hall in Houston, and the AT&T Center’s Winspear Opera House in Dallas. The pair closed out the year on an extensive European tour, with concerts in London (Wigmore Hall), Salzburg, Madrid, St. Petersburg, Moscow, and beyond. Salzburg’s DrehPunktKultur summed up Bax’s tour reviews in a single sentence: “The musical partnership with Joshua Bell is perfect.” 

A complete list of Bax’s upcoming engagements follows, and additional information may be found at his web site: alessiobax.com. High-resolution promotional photos may be downloaded here.

 

 

Alessio Bax: upcoming engagements

 

Jan 29

Kingston upon Hull, UK

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Alexander Shelley

BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 5, Op. 73 “Emperor”

 

Feb 1-8

UK tour with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Alexander Shelley

RACHMANINOV: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

            Feb 1: Northampton, UK

Feb 3: London, England (Cadogan Hall)

Feb 4: Croydon, South London, England

Feb 8: Southend, England

 

Feb 2

BBC Radio 3 “In Tune” appearance

 

Feb 20 

Covington, LA

Louisiana Philharmonic / Teddy Abrams

RAVEL: Piano Concerto in G

 

Feb 21 

New Orleans, LA

Louisiana Philharmonic / Teddy Abrams

RAVEL: Piano Concerto in G

(Feb 21: Masterclass)

 

March 1

Tallahassee, FL

Florida State University’s Artist Series

BEETHOVEN: Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2 “Moonlight”

SCRIABIN: Sonata No. 3

MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition
March 8

Baltimore, MD

Goucher College

BEETHOVEN: Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2 “Moonlight”

SCRIABIN: Sonata No. 3

MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition

 

March 11

Dallas, TX

Dallas International Piano Competition

SMU masterclass

 

March 17

Santa Barbara, CA

Lobero Theatre

Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra / Heiichiro Ohyama

BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor

 

March 20-22

Mexico City, Mexico

Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional / Antoni Ros-Marbà

RACHMANINOV: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

 

March 25

London, UK

Cadogan Hall

Southbank Sinfonia / Vladimir Ashkenazy

RACHMANINOV: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

 

March 28

Fort Myers, FL

Southwest Florida Symphony / Nir Kabaretti

RACHMANINOV: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

 

March 31

Grass Valley, CA

InConcert Sierra

BEETHOVEN: Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2 “Moonlight”

SCRIABIN: Sonata No. 3

MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition
April 20

New York, NY

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Spring Gala

Alice Tully Hall

GERSHWIN: Rhapsody in Blue with Wu Han

 

April 26

Washington, DC

National Academy of Sciences

BEETHOVEN: Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2 “Moonlight”

SCRIABIN: Sonata No. 3

MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition

 

May 2

La Crosse, WI

La Crosse Symphony Orchestra / Alexander Platt

RAVEL: Piano Concerto in G

 

May 9, 2015

Brooklyn, NY

Bargemusic

Recital with Lucille Chung

 

May 15

New York, NY

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Alice Tully Hall

FALLA: Danza del Molinero

ALBÉNIZ/GODOWSKY: Tango

FALLA: Fire Dance (solo piano)

RAVEL: Sonata No. 2 in G major for Violin and Piano with Benjamin Beilman, violin

BOCCHERINI, PAGANINI and KERNIS: works with Jason Vieaux, guitar; Escher String Quartet

 

May 17

Boston, MA

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Gardner Museum

FALLA: Danza del Molinero

ALBÉNIZ/GODOWSKY: Tango

FALLA: Fire Dance (solo piano)

RAVEL: Sonata No. 2 in G major for Violin and Piano with Benjamin Beilman, violin

BOCCHERINI, PAGANINI and KERNIS: works with Jason Vieaux, guitar; Escher String Quartet

 

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