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Notations & Sketches, featuring the solo piano works of Boulez, Dutilleux and Messiaen was recorded in Milton Court Concert Hall, Barbican. Produced by the renowned Andrew Keener with the talented recording engineer Oscar Torres, the project was generously supported by City Music Foundation, and a range of private sponsors. It will be released on January 25th 2019 by Rubicon Classics.


Producer and pianist Philippe Cassard has praised Alexander’s debut recording as “A stunning album” on FranceMusique (November 2019).

Click here to listen to the broadcast, which includes the broadcast of Alexander’s recording of Boulez’s Notations.


Alexander’s debut album has been selected as one of Gramophone Magazine Editor’s Choice for May 2019.

“Although most of these pieces have been collated on various anthologies of French piano music, few of them can match this new release in its balanced conception or consistency of execution…Soares has their measure in abundance, resulting in what could hardly be a more auspicious debut album.”


Four-star review in the April 2019 BBC Music Magazine for Notations & Sketches:

“A bold debut programme: Boulez, Dutilleux and Messiaen. But Soares pulls it off, with playing of sophistication, style and a clear affinity with this repertoire”

Click here to read the review by Rebecca Franks.


“An extremely beautiful interpretation of Dutilleux’s Piano Sonata by the pianist Alexander Soares”

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Notations & Sketches is reviewed in the April 2019 edition of International Piano Magazine:

“British pianist Alexander Soares is enjoying a growing reputation as an interpreter of modern French piano music; this is his debut album. He starts with Dutilleux’ phenomenal, under-rated Piano Sonata, finding Messiaen-like glowing spirituality in the harmonies of the central Lied while retaining its ominous underpinnings… Soares’s account is compelling”

“Notations finds Soares matching virtuosity and exploratory curiosity, fierce competition for Pierre-Laurent Aimard and David Fray.”

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