Debussy: Complete Preludes & Images

Since 2016, Alessandra Ammara has been recording Debussy's complete piano works for Piano Classics. In the upcoming concert seasons, she will present a double program, inlcuding Debussy's 24 Preludes and Images: 



12 Préludes, book 1

Images, book 1




Images, book 2

12 Préludes, book 2


A superior and highly consistent artist with aristocratic tastes. Her Debussy - Images, Book One - was elegance itself, watery but brightly illumined...the music shone like jewels.   
Scott Cantrell. Dallas Morning News

Ravel: Complete Piano WorksA

Alessandra Ammara's repertoire includes Ravel's complete piano works, that Alessandra performs in two recitals.  Her CD "Ravel Piano Masterworks" (Arts, 2013) received rave reviews, including those by Bryce Morrison (Gramophone) and Alain Lompech (Diapason).


"In Alessandra Ammara’s single-disc selection (the rest is to follow) her superfine pianism is complemented by an uncanny insight into Ravel’s outwardly teasing and enigmatic surface. She is scintillating and witty in the early Sérénade grotesque, where the composer declares his love of Spain in music of a distinctive rawness and edge. Few more magically evocative performances of the incomparable marinescape ‘Une barque sur l’océan’ (Miroirs) exist on record and, in the same suite, ‘Alborada’ is as bright and sparky as you could wish. Ammara’s ‘Ondine’ is a true ‘shimmer of harmony’ and in ‘Scarbo’ her tempo never obscures the waltz rhythm hovering beneath every whirlwind gesture. Hear her in the macabre chiming effect she achieves at 7'34", the start of an eerie sequence of ascents made hauntingly graphic, and you are clearly in the presence of a Ravelian as acute and individual as she is faithful to the score. I would not want to be without either but, of the two, Ammara is the more fascinating and personally engaging."

Bryce Morrison, Gramophone, Dec. 2013  

"La pianiste italienne pare certaines pièces d'une irrésistible sensualité: ses Jeux d'eau sonnent avec une profondeur de son digne de Perlemuter. Dans la Sonatine, on admire une coupe d'apparence parfaite, des soufflets expressifs désarmants, des pianissimos au bord du silence. Ammara donne à l'ouvre une ampleur trobluante, avec une douleur éteinte. [...] Les planes sonores, formidablement mis en espace, impressionnent, comme la gamme dynamique du piano. [...]. On a connu plus épostouflant, mais pas souvent plus maitrié sur le plan narratif et sonore." 

Alain Lompech, Diapason, Sept. 2013   

Ammara-Prosseda piano duo

Alessandra Ammara and Roberto Prosseda have played together since 1999, enriching their duo activity with the continuous inputs and ideas coming from their own intensive international solo careers.
Winner at several major competitions, including the Casagrande, Alessandra Ammara has been invited yo perform at major concert halls such as the Musikverein in Vienna and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. As a soloist, she has collaborated with renowned orchestras, as the Berliner and Wiener Symphoniker. In 2013 she recorded the first CD with music from composer Roffredo Caetani (Brilliant Classics).
The reputation of Roberto Prosseda exploded with the Decca label recordings dedicated to Mendelssohn. Since 2011, he has appeared also on piano pédalier: supported by “Orchestra della Radio Svizzera Italiana” directed by Howard Shelley, he recorded the complete opera by Gounod for this unique instrument (Hyperion). 

In 2015 Decca released their CD with Mendelssohn's complete works for two pianos and for four hands piano.  

Mendelssohn / Shakespeare


The project, conceived to celebrate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death (1616-2016), includes the performance of Mendelssohn's complete incidental music for "A Midsummer Night Dream" in the original version for piano four hands. A narrator will read some excerpts from Shakespeare's play, according to the textual indications written out by Mendelssohn in his score.   

Alessandra Ammara and Roberto Prosseda, piano duet

Narrator: to be defined, according with the available dates 

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: A Midsummer Night Dream op. 61a

- Ouverture
- Scherzo 
- Elfen March
- Intermezzo
- Notturno
- Wedding March 
- Funeral March
- Ein Tanz von Rupelm
- Finale 

Alessandra Ammara and Roberto Prosseda recorded this music in the CD Decca with Mendelssohn's complete works for four-hands piano (2015).

The Premiere of this project will take place at the Montebello Festival in Bellinzona (Switzerland) on July 5, 2016, live at the Radio Radio Svizzera Italiana.  

Chopin recital

Alessandra Ammara has a particular predilection for Chopin. Her Arts CD including the 4 Ballades, Fantaisie and Barcarolle and her DVD with the 24 Preludes, broadcast on the Italian National Television, gained rave reviews. Her recording of the early Polonaises is included in the 17-CDs box with Chopin's complete works, released by Brilliant Classics. 

In the upcoming concert seasons, Alessandra Ammara will present some monographic Chopin recital programs, including the Ballades, Fantaisie, Barcarolle, Preludes and a selection of the Masurkas. 


Reviews of Alessandra Ammara's CD "Chopin: Ballades" (Arts, 2008)

A vividly communicative artist who leaves no stone unturned in her search for the composer's inner heart and truth.
Bryce Morrison, Gramophone  

Remember the good old days when your choice of recordings was limited? Remember when you could claim familiarity with every recording of these pieces? Those days may be gone forever, but I dare anyone to forget these performances once heard. Ballade 1 is all poetry here. The luscious melodies and emotional passions are playedwith juicy abandon. The final coda tears away with a ferocity rarely encountered. Ballades 2-4 are played in a heart-on-sleeve manner instead of showing the usual aristocratic reserve. The intensity of the stormy middlesection of Ballade 2 is startling. The Fantasy is a colorful adventure in sound. Even the often performed Barcarolle becomes a more monumental structure in Ammara's hands. [...] This is indispensable among the many, many Chopin recitals.
Alan Becker, American Record Guide     

As time progresses and more recordings appear of standard repertoire that dozens of other artists have covered, the question arises: are you happier with new releases that explore new ways of playing old music, or with new artists who play old music in the style of master musicians now dead and gone? Alessandra Ammara, 36 years old, is hereby thrust into direct competition with some of the greatest Chopin masters of the last century, particularly Alfred Cortot, Walter Gieseking, Artur Rubinstein, and Shura Cherkassky. That she emerges not only unscathed but in a favorable light is no mean achievement; these earlier pianists were among the greatest artists of all time. She plays deep in the keys, she has a wonderfully warm, rich tone, her phrasing is highly musical, and in the end one comes away with a very satisfying feeling of her ability to play this repertoire. In short, she doesn’t supplant Cortot, Rubinstein, et al., but she complements them very well indeed. 
Lynn René Bayley, Fanfare Magazine