Debussy - Images; Ravel - Gaspard de la nuit, La Valse | Somm SOMMCD0168

Debussy - Images; Ravel - Gaspard de la nuit, La Valse


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Label: Somm

Cat No: SOMMCD0168

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 28th April 2017



"There was controversy when Alessandro Taverna won bronze at the Leeds International Competition in 2005 – many people thought he should have been awarded the gold. Since then, he’s gone from strength to strength, as amply proved by this Medtner disc on SOMM, which features three of the composer’s 14 sonatas – the Reminiscenza, the Romantica and the Minacciosa. The Reminiscenza and Romantica are both exemplary in their dynamic, emotional and architectural control. The Minacciosa's climactic fugue is breathtaking." – The Guardian, February 2015

The Guardian's was one of many warm reviews received for Alessandro Taverna's debut disc on SOMM. His playing on this second disc attests to Taverna's close affinity to the music of Debussy and Ravel. He possesses a mesmerising palette of colours ranging from a seductive, ethereal touch in Ondine to ferocity and thrust in Scarbo – and what great brilliance and dynamism he brings to La Valse and L'Isle joyeuse!

In addition to winning Bronze Medal in the Leeds International Piano Competition, Alessandro Taverna has established his international career by winning top prizes at Minnesota Piano-e-Competition, London International Piano Competition and Busoni Piano Competition in Bolzano. Since then he has gone on to perform in some of the most important concert halls and seasons including Teatro alla Scala Milan, Musikverein Vienna, Berlin Konzerthaus, Munich Gasteig, Wigmore Hall and Royal Festival Hall in London, Bridgewater Hall Manchester, Salle Cortot in Paris, Philharmonic Hall Liverpool, Castleton Festival, Musashino Hall in Tokyo, Auditorium Parco della Musica Rome.

His success has led to many engagements with the most prestigious orchestras including Filarmonica della Scala, Münchner Philharmoniker, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony, Bucharest Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber, Orchestra of the Accademia Teatro alla Scala, Philharmonic Orchestra of Bergamo and Brescia Festival, working with conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Chailly, Fabio Luisi, Daniel Harding, Michele Mariotti, Reinhard Goebel, Thierry Fischer, Michael Guttman, Pier Carlo Orizio.

For his artistic achievements and his international career, in 2012 he was awarded the Premio Presidente della Repubblica by Italian State President Giorgio Napolitano. A documentary on his life was shown on BBC4. He has also recorded for BBC Radio 3, Rai Radio 3, Slovenian National Radio and Television, RSI Swiss Radiotelevision.

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