Recordings

Chopin
Signum Classics
SIGCD482

“Chopin the composer has always fascinated me – multifaceted, complex, a man of paradoxes. His music has huge scope yet at the same time is incredibly intimate and poetic. He sometimes has a reputation for being merely a writer of sentimental salon music; I wanted to correct this through this recording, and demonstrate how timeless and relevant, indeed modern his message is…” Emmanuel Despax

Pianist Emmanuel Despax performs Chopin’s timeless collection of 24 Preludes, Op. 28, alongside the Berceuse Op. 57 and Barcarolle Op. 60. Working from the latest editions as well as original facsimiles of Chopin’s scores, Despax brings his own passion for the works into performances that seek to remain as truthful to the composers’s intentions as possible on a modern instrument.


Saint-Saëns / Goss / Franck
Signum Classics
SIGCD349
Orpheus Sinfonia / Thomas Carroll

For his debut concerto album, Emmanuel Despax  recorded 3 concertos live in one concert at the Cadogan Hall in London. This concerto disc, with the Orpheus Sinfonia under Thomas Carroll, features two pillars of the romantic piano repertoire, Saint-Saëns’ ever-popular Piano Concerto No.2 and Franck’s Variations symphoniques. These works are accompanied by the premiere recording of Stephen Goss's Piano Concerto, inspired by the designs of Thomas Heatherwick.

"Emmanuel Despax is a formidable talent, fleet of finger, elegant of phrase and a true keyboard colourist." Gramophone