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Alessio Bax plays Brahms

Alessio Bax

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4 Ballades, Op. 10  
1
I. D Minor, ‘Edward’
Johannes Brahms; Alessio Bax
4:21
2
II. D Major
Johannes Brahms; Alessio Bax
6:19
3
III. B Minor
Johannes Brahms; Alessio Bax
3:39
4
IV. B Major
Johannes Brahms; Alessio Bax
9:14
8 Klavierstücke, Op. 76  
5
I. Capriccio in F-Sharp Minor
Johannes Brahms; Alessio Bax
3:39
6
II. Capriccio in B Minor
Johannes Brahms; Alessio Bax
3:21
7
III. Intermezzo in A-Flat Major
Johannes Brahms; Alessio Bax
2:13
8
IV. Intermezzo in B-Flat Major
Johannes Brahms; Alessio Bax
1:56
9
V. Capriccio in C-Sharp Minor
Johannes Brahms; Alessio Bax
3:02
10
VI. Intermezzo in A Major
Johannes Brahms; Alessio Bax
4:41
11
VII. Intermezzo in A Minor
Johannes Brahms; Alessio Bax
2:56
12
VIII. Capriccio in C Major
Johannes Brahms; Alessio Bax
3:58
Variations on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 35  
13
Theme
Johannes Brahms; Alessio Bax
0:24
Variations on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 35: Book 1  
14
Variation 1
Johannes Brahms; Alessio Bax
0:22
15
Variation 2
Johannes Brahms; Alessio Bax
0:24
16
Variation 3
Johannes Brahms; Alessio Bax
0:27
17
Variation 4
Johannes Brahms; Alessio Bax
0:52
18
Variation 5
Johannes Brahms; Alessio Bax
0:45
19
Variation 6
Johannes Brahms; Alessio Bax
0:22
20
Variation 7
Johannes Brahms; Alessio Bax
0:23
21
Variation 8
Johannes Brahms; Alessio Bax
0:21
22
Variation 9
Johannes Brahms; Alessio Bax
1:12
23
Variation 10
Johannes Brahms; Alessio Bax
1:17
24
Variation 11
Johannes Brahms; Alessio Bax
1:16
25
Variation 12
Johannes Brahms; Alessio Bax
1:03
26
Variation 13
Johannes Brahms; Alessio Bax
0:30
27
Variation 14
Johannes Brahms; Alessio Bax
1:41
Variations on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 35: Book 2  
28
Variation 15
Johannes Brahms; Alessio Bax
0:47
29
Variation 16
Johannes Brahms; Alessio Bax
0:34
30
Variation 17
Johannes Brahms; Alessio Bax
0:34
31
Variation 18
Johannes Brahms; Alessio Bax
0:45
32
Variation 19
Johannes Brahms; Alessio Bax
0:21
33
Variation 20
Johannes Brahms; Alessio Bax
0:20
34
Variation 21
Johannes Brahms; Alessio Bax
0:18
35
Variation 22
Johannes Brahms; Alessio Bax
0:31
36
Variation 23
Johannes Brahms; Alessio Bax
0:49
37
Variation 24
Johannes Brahms; Alessio Bax
0:40
38
Variation 25
Johannes Brahms; Alessio Bax
0:27
39
Variation 26
Johannes Brahms; Alessio Bax
1:25
40
Variation 27
Johannes Brahms; Alessio Bax
0:47
41
Variation 28
Johannes Brahms; Alessio Bax
1:16
42
Hungarian Dance No. 5
Johannes Brahms; György Cziffra; Alessio Bax; Alessio Bax
3:42
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    73:54
"... Bax proves himself to be an ideal Brahmsian ... sound ideally showcases Bax’s huge dynamic range. When I want to listen to any of these pieces, this truly notable disc will now be my first choice. I urge you to hear it."
- Fanfare

"Critic's Choice ... his virtuosity is effortless, lyrical and never hard-driven ... while others struggle to clarify Brahms's potential opacity, Bax makes light of every devilish demand ... his tone, like 'soft incense' with its seamless legato and glowing cantabile ... sound is excellent ..."
- Gramophone

"I relished this recital from start to finish. Demonstrating such a high level of musicality there is no sense that Bax is distracting focus away from the composer to the soloist. Bax’s splendidly assured playing is satisfying and the recording has the benefit of splendid sound quality."
- MusicWeb International

Award-winning Italian pianist Alessio Bax surveys a selection of highlights from Brahms's pianistic output, charting the composer's development from the early lyrical collection 4 Ballades through to the "eight perfect gems" that are the 8 Klavierstücke. Also on this programme is Brahms's fiendish set of Variations on a Theme of Pagainini which Bax describes as one of "the most fearsome works ever written for piano."
48 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Signum Records Studio Masters

Recorded at Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouthshire, UK from 5th to 7th January 2012.
Producer: Anna Barry
Recording Engineer: Mike Hatch
Editor: Craig Jenkins
Cover Image © Lisa-Marie Mazzucco
Design and Artwork: Woven Design

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