Saturday, February 25, 2023 | 8:00 pm
“Mr. Bax… is worth getting excited about” – The New York Times
Be there when pianist Alessio Bax, known for his particularly lyrical style of playing, interprets the single-piano version of Ravel’s La Valse as well as works by Bach, Bartok, Chopin and others. Italian-born and New York City-based, Bax launched his career by winning the prestigious Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan at the tender age of 19. He’s since played with more than 150 orchestras around the world and gone on to win numerous other competitions as well as an Avery Fisher Career Grant. His program for the Duke Chamber Arts Series in a cornucopia ranging from Albeniz “Tango” from España to Chopin’s Ballade No. 4 and more. Ravel originally composed La Valse as a ballet, but Diaghilev famously rejected the work while acknowledging it as a masterpiece. The blow to Ravel’s pride later nearly resulted in a duel between the two men.
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Bach, J.S.: English Suite in A minor, BWV 807
Bartok: Dance Suite, Sz. 77
Chopin: Ballade No. 4, Op. 52
Falla: “Danza del molinero”” from El sombrero de tres picos for Piano (1921-26)
Albeniz: “Tango”” from España for Piano, Op 165 (arr. Godowsky) (1890, arr. 1921)
Falla: “Danza ritual del fuego, para ayuentar los malos espiritus”” from El Amor Brujo for Piano (1915)
Ravel: La Valse
Alessio Bax performs the Bach/Marcello Concerto in D Minor BWV 974
Alessio Bax: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
“perhaps the most elegant of today’s young pianists”