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

“Alexander Soares has chosen a fascinating 20th-century programme, with an instinctive grasp of the composers’ sound worlds…”

Click here to view the selection by Martin Cullingford.

May 2019

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Notations & Sketches has been reviewed by Richard Whitehouse in Gramophone Magazine:

“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.”

Click here for the full review.

May 2019

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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.

May 2019

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Notations & Sketches is reviewed in the May 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.”

Click here to read the full review by Colin Clarke.

May 2019

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★★★★ in French Magazine Classica for Alexander’s debut album:

“The debut album from the talented British pianist Alexander Soares showcases several rarities… a perfectly avowed approach is a triumph in the nervy La Fauvette Passerinette
- Jérémie Bigorie

April 2019

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Dutch website Opus Klassiek have given a glowing review of Notations & Sketches:

“Soares is a brave pianist with a mission. He shows this with his bold programme and excellent performance”

Click here for the full review by Siebe Riedstra.

March 2019

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Click here to read Alexander’s Personal Touch article in the March 2019 edition of International Piano Magazine.

He discusses the challenges of memorising Boulez, along with the release of his debut album.

April 2019

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Notations & Sketches featured on SWR2’s broadcast Treffpunkt Klassik - Neue CDs on 7th April 2019.

“… crystalline articulation and subtle dynamic expressions… In the album titled Notations & Sketches, British Pianist Alexander Soares makes a brilliant case for the pioneering works of new music”
- Jürgen Kesting

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April 2019

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

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March 2019

A glowing review for Alexander’s recital at St Mary’s Perivale from Christopher Axworthy:

“That Bach’s music is based on the song and the dance has never been more apparent than in today’s performance … such was the ebulient, infectuous rhythmic energy allied to extreme clarity and very telling subtle contrasts.”

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April 2019

The first review for Notations & Sketches has arrived, at Musique Classique & Co:

‘A superb disc — very well produced — a pianist to follow”
- Thierry Vagne

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February 2019

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Alexander’s debut album Notations & Sketches — featuring the works of Boulez, Dutilleux & Messiaen — has been released by Rubicon Classics.

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RCD1016
January 25th 2019

Producer: Andrew Keener
Enginer: Oscar Torres
Artwork: Liz K. Miller

January 2019

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Alexander performs live on BBC Radio 3 In Tune on 20/12/18 to discuss the release of his album, and concert launch at GSMD. Music by D’Anglebert, Chopin and Messiaen.

“Absolutely wonderful … a final, mystical flourish”
- Sean Rafferty

Click here to listen to excerpts.

December 2018

A lovely review from Alexander’s recital in Rochdale in November 2018:

“To end the first half of the concert Alexander gave a superb account of one of the most difficult works in the pianist’s repertory: Ravel’s Gaspard de la nuit…a response such as given on this occasion holds the audience spellbound”

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November 2018

Alexander’s performance of French 20th century repertoire at Senate House has received a lovely review from Caroline Potter:

“The day ended with a superb piano recital in Chancellor’s Hall by Alexander Soares, whose programme highlighted composers discussed during the study day. His compelling performance of Jolivet’s rarely programmed Piano Sonata was witnessed by the composer’s daughter, Christine Jolivet-Erlih, who travelled to London for the event, and his authoritative and dynamic Boulez Notations and Messiaen Ile de Feu I were very enthusiastically received.”

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June 2018

A short review from Alexander’s solo recital in Ely: Click here to read.

April 2018

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February 2018: Alexander launches his educational outreach project The Notations Project, inspiring young musicians to compose miniature piano pieces.

Fore more information, visit YCAT Sounding Board.

February 2018

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Ahead of his concert for Talented Unlimited in St James’s Piccadilly, click here to read his interview with the charity, where he talks about French music, recording his CD, memorisation and teaching.

January 2018

Alexander has given an interview for The Cross-Eyed Pianist’s renowned Meet The Artist series. Click here to read.

November 2017

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“Commanding and compelling”

Click here to read the full review of Alexander’s July 2017 recital at Wigmore Hall, on The Cross-Eyed Pianist site:

“After the interval, Alexander played Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat, op 110, a work which, like the other two sonatas in the final triptych, seems to come from another place. Alexander gave the first movement the graceful expansiveness of a fantasy, while mainting a tempo which kept the music moving forward. The second movement was suitably rambunctious, serving as a perfect foil to the meditative Adagio which emerged, recitative-like, with a captivating intensity, before the fugue rang out. As in the previous works, Alexander’s command of the instrument, sense of pacing, and ability to create a rich palette of timbres and musical colour lent a powerful emotional impact to the work. Compared to Igor Levit’s interpretation, which I heard a few weeks ago, this version was more intimate and introspective but ultimately joyful and life-affirming, and one of the best and most compelling performances of my favourite piano sonata I have heard in a long time.”

July 2017

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Alexander’s Wigmore Hall recital has been reviewed in The Strad:

“… pianist Alexander Soares played works by Dutilleux and Messiaen with impressive control and radiant sound…”

July 2017

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★★★★★ review of Alexander’s recital at the Brighton Festival:

“Soares is a name to remember, and I’m thankful that he came to Brighton so soon after completing his doctorate, because he’s bound for international fame. Chopin’s Polonaise-Fantaisie is grand enough to finish a programme but today it just set the scene of serious virtuoso pianism. Boulez was just 20 when he composed his complex and startling ‘Douze Notations’ in 1945. I took them on trust and simply enjoyed the effects. Liszt’s graceful ‘Sposalizio’ (Marriage of the Virgin) settled me ready for Dutilleux’s monumental Piano Sonata Op.1, half an hour of musical delight. D’Anglebert’s ‘Unmeasured Prelude’ made a charming encore.”

— Andrew Connal

May 2016

Click here to read the review from Alexander’s recital for Amersham Concert Club.

“The audience was captured by the intense atmosphere that Alexander created in his interpretation of Liszt's Benediction de Dieu dans la Solitude. He gave a dramatic and very memorable performance…The culminating work was a tour de force. Chorale and Variations was written by Dutilleux in 1946 for his pianist wife. Alexander introduced this piece as musical fireworks or "Debussy after too much coffee". His performance embraced the full range of interpretive skills ranging from arresting power to the utmost delicacy. It was quite clear, as Alexander admitted afterwards, that he feels a special affinity for the French C20th composers.”

October 2015

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Alexander’s performance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe has been reviewed in The Herald Scotland.

“Alexander Soares kicked off proceedings with a fascinating rendition of Piere Boulez’s Notations, a set of 12 minatures for solo piano. He began with a clear, ringing tone before delving into a far more explosive sound world, pulling out a rich array of colour and texture. His chameleon-like qualities as a pianist were further demonstrated by his sensitive, intelligent playing of the piano reduction of Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu’s single movement viola concert A String around Autumn”

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August 2015

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Following Alexander’s Gold Medal and 1st Prize in the Royal Overseas League Competition, read his interview in International Piano:

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June 2015

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Alexander’s solo performance of Boulez’s Notations was broadcast live in the interval of BBC Symphony Orchestra’s concert at the Barbican, and part of the Boulez at 90 Total Immersion day.

Click here to hear an excerpt.

His performance of Derive 1 with the Guildhall New Music Ensemble and David Corkhill was also broadcast later in the evening - click here for more details.

March 2015

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Alexander’s performance at BBC Radio 3 / BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Boulez at 90 was reviewed in The Financial Times:

“Most memorable of all was the original 1945 version of the 12 Notations
for piano, in which Alexander Soares brilliantly demonstrated just how much atmosphere
the young Boulez managed to pack into these fragments.”

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March 2015

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Alexander’s performance at BBC Radio 3 / BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Boulez at 90 was reviewed in The Sunday Times:

“The recital usefully — thrillingly — ended with Boulez’s earliest published work, the 12 Notations (1945), piano miniatures each 12 bars long and 12-note in idiom. Five have been orchestrated and expanded (1978-97) by the always revision-obsessed composer, and these sizzling late displays of colour formed the first part of the BBCSO’s concert under Thierry Fischer. But in Alexander Soares’s
brilliantly unbuttoned account, the crazed toccata of No 2 (for instance) had already sounded sufficiently orchestral.”

Click here to read the full review.

March 2015

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Alexander’s performance at BBC Radio 3 / BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Boulez at 90 was reviewed in The Telegraph:

“…pianist Alexander Soares gave the 12 Notations a nice jazzy flexibility and – at times – a huge intensity.”

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March 2015

A further review from Alexander’s performances of Dérive 1 and 12 Notations at the BBC Radio 3 Boulez at 90 event on ClassicalSource.com

“Not that this affects the other ensemble piece from this period – Dérive 1 (1984), a marvel of motivic ingenuity and textural intricacy as the GNME conveyed in full measure. … 12 Notations (1945) is a quirky compendium of mid-century pianism whose potential took three decades to realise, and which Alexander Soares dispatched with aplomb.”

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March 2015

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Alexander’s performance of Boulez Notations was also praised by The ArtsDesk:

“One other name to watch: Alexander Soares, whose performance of the piano version of Notations (from memory!) ended this concert on a high.”

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March 2015

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Alexander’s performances of John Tavener’s Palin and Pratirupa at the BBC Radio 3 / BBCSO Total Immersion event at Barbican has been reviewed in The Telegraph:

“The earliest piece we heard was the piano piece Palin from 1977, played in the lunchtime concert of small-scale works. It had a lingering trace of that wildness in its virtuoso cascades, and also a touch of modernism in its repeating 12-note patterns.

This and three other rarely-heard pieces were played with the requisite meditative spaciousness by students from the Guildhall School of Music.”

Click here to read the full review.

October 2014

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Alexander’s performances of John Tavener’s Palin and Pratirupa at the BBC Radio 3 / BBCSO Total Immersion event at Barbican has been reviewed in The Thoroughly Good Blog:

“Pratirupa for solo piano is a massive commitment for any pianist who needs both technique and stamina. Pianist Alexander Soares is someone to keep a close eye on. Effortless yet defiant… Palin from 1977 from Soares was electrifying…”

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October 2014

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Alexander’s performance of John Tavener’s solo piano music has been broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

Click here to listen to some excerpts.

October 2014

Alexander’s performance of Delius Piano Concerto with Ardente Opera Group was reviewed in Opera Magazine:

“The opera was preceded by Delius’s iano Concerto, dashed off with sensitive aplomb by Alexander Soares”

July 2012

Alexander’s performance in The Purcell Room of Hugh Wood’s 3 Pieces for Piano has been reviewed by ClassicalSource:

“The first of Hugh Wood’s Three Piano Pieces (1963) is sinewy and tightly organised as it reaches a powerful climax. The second Piece enjoys energy and craggy propulsion, the set concluding with a slow, spare and mesto movement. Alexander Soares gave an impressive performance, from memory, technically easeful and helpfully clarifying the music’s argument.”

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June 2012

Alexander’s performance of Rachmaninoff’s 3rd Concerto has been reviewed by MusicWeb International. Click here to read the full version.

“After the interval, as if we hadn’t had sufficient excitement and colour, we had Rachmaninov’s 3rd Piano Concerto, played with consummate ease, or so it seemed, by Alexander Soares. Soares is possessed of a technique far beyond his youth, he is currently studying at the Guildhall School with Ronan O’Hora, and he was the winner of the Ealing Festval Concerto Award, and he played the work as if it was in his blood. This was a young man’s interpretation for all caution was thrown to the wind, tempi were fast, but never so fast that the music became confused or rushed, and it never seemed breathless, but it was very exciting…”

February 2010

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Alexander’s performances of Tristan Murail’s musics in the Guildhall New Music Ensemble, conducted by Pierre-Andre Valade have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3. This included a U.K. premiére of Pour adoucir le corps du temps, and Treize couleurs de la soleil couchant.

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