Music Alive for Monday 8 July 2019
The New York-based pianist performs a programme with his native Italy as a theme.
Alessio Bax was in New Zealand briefly for this concert as well as a concerto performance with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.
Gramophone Magazine recently made the claim that Alessio Bax is "without doubt among the most remarkable young pianists now before the public". In a world full of stunning young virtuosos, this man is one who possibly stands out above the others.
Not so young however now … he’s in his early 40s. In 2000 he won the Leeds Piano competition.
His hometown is Bari in southern Italy and he currently lives in New York with his wife Lucille Chung – also a pianist – and their daughter. He’s a foodie and is notorious among his friends for hosting epic multi-coursed meals.
His Fazioli recital at Auckland Museum is Italian themed – appropriately enough for an Italian pianist on an Italian piano, although only one of the pieces is straight-forwardly composed by an Italian.
A MARCELLO arr BACH: Oboe Concerto in D minor;
RACHMANINOV: Variations on a theme of Corelli Op 42;
DALLAPICCOLA: Quaderno Musicale di Annalibera;
LISZT: Legend, St Francis of Assisi Preaches to the Birds;
LISZT: Après une lecture du Dante;
KREISLER arr Rachmaninov: Liebesleid (encore)
Recorded by RNZ, Auckland Museum Auditorium, 5 April 2019
Producer, Engineer: Tim Dodd