Pianist Alessio Bax Releases Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 & Works for Solo Piano with Southbank Sinfonia on Signum Classics on May 18

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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

Italian pianist Alessio Baxclearly among the most remarkable young pianists now before the public” (Gramophone) – announces the release of his latest Signum Classics album, 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, and a video of Bax discussing the new album is available here.

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’s 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 Festival. On 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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Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 & Works for Solo Piano

Signum Classics, released May 18

Repertoire List:

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat, Op. 73 “Emperor”

I. Allegro

II. Adagio un poco moto

III. Rondo

Praeludium, WoO 55

Piano Sonata No. 27, Op. 90

I. Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck

II. Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorgetragen

Contredanses, WoO 14

I. Contredanse in C

II. Contredanse in A

III. Contredanse in D

IV. Contredanse in B-flat

V. Contredanse in E-flat

VI. Contredanse in C

VII. Contredanse in E-flat

VIII. Contredanse in C

IX. Contredanse in A

Polonaise Op. 89

Alessio Bax: spring and summer engagements

April 6-8

Hartford, CT

Hartford Symphony Orchestra / Thomas Wilkins

Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F

April 10

Waukesha, WI

Wisconsin Philharmonic / Alexander Platt

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2

Piazzolla: Libertango (with Lucille Chung)

May 14

Leeds, UK

Leeds Festival

Solo recital

May 15

Leeds, UK

Leeds Festival

Lang Lang International Music Foundation

Masterclass

May 18

London, UK

Leeds Festival

Wigmore Hall

Lunchtime recital

June 13-17

Detroit, MI

Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival

June 13 – Temple Beth El

Mozart: Piano Quartet in E flat, KV 493 (with Ani Kavafian, Cindy Wu and Paul Watkins)

June 14 – Kirk in the Hills

Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun (with James Tocco)

Ravel: Trio (with Ani Kavafian and Robert deMaine)

June 15 – Kirk in the Hills

Beethoven: “Archduke” Trio (with Philip Setzer and Robert deMaine)

June 16 Seligman Performing Arts Center

Mozart: “Kegelstatt” Trio (with Kim Kashkashian and David Shifrin)

June 17 – Detroit Institute of Arts

Beethoven: Cello Sonata No. 3 (with Paul Watkins)

June 30 – July 6

Seattle, WA

Seattle Chamber Music Festival

July 2 Busoni: Violin Sonata No. 2 (with Benjamin Beilman at a pre-concert performance)

Ravel: Trio (with Augustin Hadelich and Efe Baltacigil)

July 5 Beethoven: “Spring” Sonata (with Augustin Hadelich)

July 6 Fauré: Quartet in G minor (with Andrew Wan, Jonathan Vinocour and Efe Baltacigil)

July 7-8

Fort Worth, TX

Mimir Festival

July 15

Newport, RI

Newport Festival Gala (with Joshua Bell, violin)

July 28–Aug 4

La Foce, Tuscany, Italy

Incontri in Terra di Siena Festival

Sat, July 28

Locanda Dell’Amorosa

Domenico Zipoli: Pastorale

Josef Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 1 in C

Edward Elgar: Serenade

François Devienne: Flute Concerto No. 7 in E minor

Camerata Strumentale Città di Prato / Jonathan Webb

Antonio Lysy, cello

Emmanuel Pahud, flute

Sun, July 29

Granaio del Belvedere, piazzale, La Foce

Porgy & Bess Revisited”

Nicolas Dautricourt, violin

Pascal Schumacher, vibraphone

Knut­Erik Sundquist, double bass

Tues, July 31

Teatro degli Avvaloranti, Città della Pieve

Francis Poulenc: Sonata for flute and piano, FP 164

Maurice Ravel: Chansons madécasses

Claude Debussy: Violin Sonata in G minor

Claude Debussy: Syrinx for solo flute

Ernst von Dohnányi: Piano Quintet No. 2 in E-flat minor, Op. 26

Ian Bostridge, tenor

Leif Ove Andsnes, piano

Alessio Bax, piano

Wed, Aug 1

Teatro degli Arrischianti, Sarteano

Carl Nielsen: Chaconne for piano, Op. 32

Jean Sibelius: Selection of piano pieces

Ralph Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge

Gustav Mahler: Piano Quartet

Johannes Brahms: String Sextet No. 1 in B-flat, Op. 18

Ian Bostridge, tenor; Leif Ove Andsnes, Alessio Bax, and Lucille Chung, piano

Daishin Kashimoto, Maja Avramović and Annabelle Meare, violins; Lawrence Power and Lise Berthaud, violas; Antonio Lysy and Christian Poltéra, cellos

Thurs, Aug 2

Cortile, La Foce

Schubertiade”

Franz Schubert: Andantino varié for piano, op. 84, D823 for piano four hands

Franz Schubert: “Auf dem Strom,” D 943

Jörg Widmann: Idyll and Abyss

Franz Schubert: “Liebesbotschaft,” “Kriegers Ahnung,” “Ständchen,” “In die Ferne,” and “Abschied” from Schwanengesang

Franz Schubert: String Quintet in C, Op. 163, D956

Ian Bostridge, tenor; Leif Ove Andsnes and Alessio Bax, piano

Esther Hoppe and Daishin Kashimoto, violins; Lawrence Power, viola; Antonio Lysy and Christian Poltéra, cellos

Fri, Aug 3

Chiesa del Triano, Montefollonico

Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita for flute solo in A minor, BWV 1013

Ferruccio Busoni: Sonata for violin and piano No. 2, Op. 36a

Giovanni Bottesini: Gran Duo Concertante for violin, double bass and string quartet

Richard Strauss: Metamorphosen

Emmanuel Pahud, flute; Maja Avramović, Esther Hoppe, Daishin Kashimoto, and Annabelle Meare, violins; Lawrence Power, viola; Christian Poltéra, cello; Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung, piano

Sat, Aug 4

Chiesa di Sant­Andrea, Castiglioncello del Trinoro

(Monteverdi Tuscany)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Sonata in G major, KV 301

Felix Mendelssohn: Bartholdy Violin Sonata in F major (trans. for flute by Pahud)  

Claude Debussy: Sonata for cello and piano no. 1 in D minor

Johannes Brahms: Sonata for violin and piano no. 3 in D minor

Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung, piano

Emmanuel Pahud, flute

Daishin Kashimoto, violin

Antonio Lysy, cello

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