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Brahms: 4 Ballads; Variations on a theme by Paganini / Alessio Bax, piano

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Ballades (4) for piano, Op. 10
>Brahms, Johannes : Pieces (8) for piano, Op. 76
>Brahms, Johannes : Variations (28) for Piano on a theme by Paganini, Op. 35
>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in G minor, WoO 1/5
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Notes & Reviews:

The Italian-born pianist and Leeds competition winner Alessio Bax returns with his third solo recital disc for Signum. His program surveys a selection of highlights from Brahms' pianistic output, charting his development from the early lyrical collection '4 Ballades' (1854) through to the 'eight perfect gems' that are the 8 Klavierstücke Op.76 (1871-78). Bax also tackles Brahms' fiendish set of 'Variations on a Theme of Pagainini, Op.35', which Bax describes in the program notes as one of "the most fearsome works ever written for piano".

American Record Guide, March / April 2013
Bax embraces this music as a natural. This is easily determined after only a few minutes of listening. Given his superb technical ability and the compelling rightness of his phrasing, the first impression in the Ballades is of a pianist more concerned with beauty of sound. There is an ease to this playing that I find most attractive.



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Works Details

>Brahms, Johannes : Ballades (4) for piano, Op. 10
  • Performer: Alessio Bax (Piano)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1854

>Brahms, Johannes : Pieces (8) for piano, Op. 76
  • Performer: Alessio Bax (Piano)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1871-1878

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations (28) for Piano on a theme by Paganini, Op. 35
  • Performer: Alessio Bax (Piano)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1862-1863

>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in G minor, WoO 1/5
  • Performer: Alessio Bax (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1858-1868