Alessio Bax: on the radio, on disc, and with the Dallas Symphony

"I'm awfully glad to have met Alessio, and I can't wait to hear what he'll bring to the music he plays in the future," wrote Performance Today host Fred Child in "The Poetry and Power of Pianist Alessio Bax," his most recent "Favorite Sessions" blog post for NPR Music (Nov 10).

Child isn't Bax's only admirer. In its review of the pianist's new album, Rachmaninov: Preludes & Melodies, the Gramophone magazine praised "the wondrously gifted Alessio Bax," saying, "You would have to have a heart of stone not to be beguiled by Bax's romantic warmth." American Record Guide proclaimed, "This is an outstanding Rachmaninov program... . Bax conquers all with plenty of technique to spare."

In September, the pianist returned to the Dallas Symphony to play Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 1 with music director Jaap van Zweden. Styling him "the eloquent pianist Alessio Bax," the Dallas Morning News hailed his performance as "world-class Mendelssohn." Theater Jones confirmed, "Italian pianist Alessio Bax has both the nimble fingers and the easy charm required to give the concerto a marvelous outing."

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