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.
NowState released by KAIROS: Alexander performs the solo piano works by talented Portuguese composer Gonçalo Gato. Gato’s ensemble works are recorded by some of today’s leading contemporary music ensembles, including ensemble research, CHROMA and the Remix Ensemble. Alexander recorded the works with the composer in the Casa da Música, Porto, and the Centro Cultural de Belém, with Hugo Romano Guimarães engineering.
Alexander’s performance of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time received a 5-star review in The Independent. The City Music Foundation concert, with Emily Sun (violin), Ariana Kashefi (cello) and Joseph Shiner (clarinet) was reviewed by Michael Church:
“But as it progresses, the textures become ever more magical, with Ariana Kashefi’s persuasive cello underpinning the flights of Emily Sun’s violin and Alexander Soares’s piano. This work may be frequently played, but it can never have sounded as transcendental as this.”
Click here for the full review.
Alexander’s performance of Gonçalo Gato’s NowState (released by KAIROS) was broadcast live on Portuguese radio. Click here to listen to the programme on RTP Antena 2.
It also featured on the Geografia dos Sons programme in October.
Alexander joins forces with mezzo soprano Helen Charlston, and baritone Michael Craddock to give the premiére of Helen’s Isolation Songbook project - a collection of new commissions. The livestream organised by City Music Foundation will take place on 29th July, from the iconic clock tower at St Pancras. More details here.
The project has been picked up by Delphian Records - recording will take place in September in Queen’s Hall Edinburgh, with a CD release in March 2021.
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.
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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