'Among the most remarkable young pianists now before the public' – Alessio Bax has a poet’s sensitivity to nuance, intimacy and detail.
In a program drawn from three centuries, Alessio Bax performs music that finds his instrument dancing, thundering, praying and dreaming. He begins with baroque inspirations: Bach’s transcription of the Marcello oboe concerto with its heartbreaking central aria, Rachmaninoff’s fantastical and melancholy variations, and Dallapiccola’s ‘notebook’ for his eight-year-old daughter – a study in counterpoint and texture through a 20th-century lens.
Then Alessio Bax is our virtuoso guide for Liszt’s Italian wanderings: the delicate tracery of birdsong in the legend of St Francis, and the Dante sonata, which contrasts an unforgettable evocation of the inferno with beatific vision of heaven.
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