Emmanuel Despax


Emmanuel Despax is a rising star on the UK and international piano scene, who has performed at the Wigmore and Cadogan Halls in London, the Salle Gaveau and Louvre Auditorium in Paris, and with orchestras including the CBSO.

His debut concerto recording, with the Orpheus Sinfonia under Thomas Carroll, features the premiere recording of Stephen Goss’s Piano Concerto, inspired by the designs of Thomas Heatherwick (the work’s premiere performance was the first classical concert in which audiences were invited to bring their ipads and tablets, to watch an interactive display designed to accompany the music). The work is accompanied by two similarly expressive and characterful works, Saint-Saëns’ ever-popular Piano Concerto No.2 and Franck’s Variations symphoniques.

“Welsh composer Stephen Goss draws on a variety of sources for his eminently listenable music. Despite the eclectic nature of his influences, which range from Beethoven’s late piano music to the films of former Python Terry Gilliam, Goss’s musical language comes across as brilliantly integrated.” International Record Review


What people are saying

"Emmanuel Despax is a formidable talent, fleet of finger, elegant of phrase and a true keyboard colourist…a noteworthy achievement"Gramophone, 2013

"Despax displays fine power and urgency with some brilliant piano playing…brings just the right combination of charm, brilliance and depth to the playing. "Planet Hugill, 2013

Emmanuel Despax, Piano

Orpheus Sinfonia

Thomas Carroll

Release date:25th Nov 2013
Order code:SIGCD349
Barcode: 635212034927

  1. Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op. 22: I. Andante sostenuto – Camille Saint-S?ens – 11.56
  2. Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op. 22: II. Allegro scherzando – Camille Saint-S?ens – 6.01
  3. Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op. 22: III. Presto – Camille Saint-S?ens – 6.53
  4. Piano Concerto: I. Fanfare – Stephen Goss – 4.31
  5. Piano Concerto: II. Moto Perpetuo – Stephen Goss – 4.15
  6. Piano Concerto: III. Adagio – Stephen Goss – 14.12
  7. Piano Concerto: IV. Finale – Stephen Goss – 5.44
  8. Variations Symphoniques – C?sar Franck – 15.22
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