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Alessio Bax plays Beethoven - 'Hammerklavier' & 'Moonlight' Sonatas; The Ruins of Athens / Alessio Bax, piano

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Die Ruinen von Athen, Op. 113
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Alessio Bax returns to disc on Signum with two masterworks of Beethoven's piano repertoire, as well as a new arrangement from Die Ruinen von Athen. Pianist Alessio Bax creates "a ravishing listening experience" (Gramophone) with his lyrical playing, insightful interpretations, and dazzling facility. First Prize winner at the Leeds and Hamamatsu international piano competitions - and a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient - he has appeared as soloist with over 100 orchestras.

Gramophone Magazine, November 2014
A reading of a formidable pace and impetus yet leaving ample time for expressive resource...this performance stands its ground in music to test the technique and intellect of even the greatest pianists...Finely recorded, Alessio Bax is clearly among the most remarkable young pianists now before the public.

BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2014
Most of Bax's Hammerklavier is bracing and visionary, but the finale is hopelessly scrambled. Bax's Moonlight works well, and his arrangement of the Ruins is fun.

Audiophile Audition, 24th December 2014
Youthful Italian piano virtuoso Alessio Bax... brings a palpable enthusiasm to these Beethoven opera... Bax's rendition favors poetry and clarity in all parts, and the combination of imagination and technical prowess remains the performer's hallmark.

MusicWeb International, 26th December 2014
I find this performance [of the Hammerklavier] hugely stimulating both technically and emotionally. It is quite a switch to the Moonlight Sonata, but again Bax excels here, too, by playing the work simply and beautifully...This is certainly a refreshing take on one of the piano's warhorses.

Pianist Magazine, March 2015
No technical demand scares him ... A Beethoven CD in a class of its own.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
Signum Records has in recent years released a handful of winning recordings by pianist Alessio Bax. The young Italian-born artist is gifted with high competence in a variety of music, including, with his wife the pianist Lucille Chung, dance music by Stravinsky, Brahms, and Piazzolla arranged for four hands - a delightfully light and entertaining program. His Signum releases also include music of Mozart ( J/A 2013), Brahms (M/A 2013) and Rachmaninoff (N/D 2011), all of them worthwhile.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Wyastone Concert Hall, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth (01/17/2014-01/19/2014).



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier"
  • Performer: Alessio Bax (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth (01/17/2014-01/19/2014)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1817-1818

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight"
  • Performer: Alessio Bax (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth (01/17/2014-01/19/2014)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1801

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Die Ruinen von Athen, Op. 113 :: Chorus of the Whirling Dervishes
  • Performer: Alessio Bax (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth (01/17/2014-01/19/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1811

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Die Ruinen von Athen, Op. 113 :: Turkish March
  • Performer: Alessio Bax (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth (01/17/2014-01/19/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1811