Italian Inspirations: Bach, Dallapiccola, Liszt, Rachmaninov | Signum SIGCD611

Italian Inspirations: Bach, Dallapiccola, Liszt, Rachmaninov


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Label: Signum

Cat No: SIGCD611

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 7th February 2020



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.


This Italian's salute to his home country is inspired indeed.  Jeremy Nicholas
Gramophone March 2020
The result is an imaginative and quixotic mix, from Bach’s Concerto in D minor after Alessandro Marcello, BWV 974 to Rachmaninov’s last work for solo piano, the Variations on a Theme of Corelli, to the Quaderno musicale di Annalibera by Luigi Dallapiccola – 12-tone music at its most sensuous – and finally two works by Liszt, St François d’Assise: La prédication aux oiseaux and the majestic Après une Lecture du Dante: Fantasia quasi sonata (better known as the Dante Sonata).  Fiona Maddocks
The Observer 16 February 2020

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