'Mia bella fiorentina' Franz Von Suppe
Beautiful music for piano and strings. Album of the Weekend, 26-27 October 2013.
Alexis Ffrench is a pianist, improviser and composer who is Uppingham School’s Head of Keyboard and Music Technology.
He first began his musical career at the age of seven as a church organist, and made his concert debut at the Royal Academy of Music, London, at 11. He made his Concerto debut in 1992 as part of Simon Rattle’s Towards the Millennium series at the Royal Festival Hall in London.
Alexis gained huge success with his previous albums Piano Karma and The Secret Piano. Here, on Stolen Lullabies, the melodies are similarly minimalist, at other times reminiscent of Fauré - but all of them beautiful and emotionally touching.