New releases: Alessio Bax - Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5, Sophie Pacini - In Between

30 May 2018, 10:27

Alessio Bax - Beethoven, Sophie Pacini - In Between
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By Daniel Ross

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Alessio Bax - Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 & works for solo piano


Alessio Bax - Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5
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Towering above the piano repertoire, Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ concerto really does have an almost infinite amount of interpretations. Unfussed by the pressure of adding to a wildly mixed canon, Alessio Bax manages to bring his own personality to this charming portrayal of an enduring piece. And to complement it, a selection of Beethoven’s solo piano works - a lovely package.

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Sophie Pacini - In Between

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Sophie Pacini - In Between
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Discovering the middle ground between Robert Schumann and Felix Mendelssohn might sound like a tall order, but pianist Sophie Pacini has managed to do so, weaving in works by the wives of both composers to complete a very musical portrait. Add to that a scintillating rendition of Liszt’s piano transcription of Schumann’s song ‘Widmung’ and suddenly you feel like you know all these composers a little better.