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Alessio Bax

September 30, 2014

Bach and Brahms by Bax

When Alessio Bax was nine years old, he wanted to play the organ. One problem: his legs weren't long enough for his feet to reach the pedals. Bax took piano lessons instead, impatiently waiting for the day when he could switch to the organ. Wouldn't you know it, that day never came. Bax fell in love with the piano. He joins us in the Performance Today studios to play music by Bach and Brahms on Tuesday's Performance Today.

Today's Playlist

hour 1

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff
    Lilacs, Op. 21, No. 5 Modest Mussorgsky (arr. Rachmaninoff): Sorochintsy Fair: Hopak
    Alessio Bax, piano
    Signum Classics 264
  • Alexander Scriabin (arr. Oliver Knussen):
    Scriabin Settings for Chamber Orchestra
    Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; Oliver Knussen, conductor
    Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • J.S. Bach (arr. Petri):
    Sheep May Safely Graze
    Alessio Bax, piano
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Johannes Brahms:
    Ballade Op. 10 No. 1
    Alessio Bax, piano
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Johann Friedrich Fasch:
    Concerto in D, FWV L:d5
    Tempesta di Mare; Gwyn Roberts and Richard Stone, artistic directors
    Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

hour 2

  • Christoph Gluck:
    Dance of the Blessed Spirits
    Evgeny Kissin, piano
    Evgeny Kissin: Fantasy
    DG 4776162
  • Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco:
    Sonatina for Flute & Guitar
    Jason Vieaux, guitar; Gary Schocker, flute
    92nd Street Y, Theresa L. Kaufmann Concert Hall, New York City, New York
  • Christoph Willibald Gluck:
    Selections from Don Juan, Wq. 52
    Academy Festival Orchestra; Bernard Labadie, conductor
    Music Academy of the West, Hahn Hall, Santa Barbara, California
  • Michael Daugherty:
    Niagara Falls
    Dallas Winds; Jerry Junkin, conductor
    Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, Texas
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