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Release Date: Friday 20 March 2020
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Alessio Bax plays an Italian-inspired programme, picking his favourite pieces taken from a rich history of music from one of the most romantic countries in the world.
He opens the programme with a J.S. Bach transcription of an oboe concerto by Venetian composer Alessandro Marcello, which reveals a deep insight into Bach's mind.
This is followed by Rachmaninov's last ever work for solo piano, which is incredibly eloquent, introspective and personal.
The Dallapiccola continues this eloquent theme, showing some beautifully crafted dodecaphonism. The recording is rounded off with two pieces by Liszt, which take the listener on a multi-legged journey through Hell, Purgatory and Heaven, with beauty and drama along the way.
Bach, J S: Keyboard Concerto in D minor (after Marcello), BWV974
Rachmaninov: Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42
Dallapiccola: Quaderno musicale di Annalibera
Liszt: Legende S.175 No. 1, St Francis of Assisi preaching to the birds
Liszt: Après une lecture du Dante, fantasia quasi sonata (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 7)