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Music review: John Adams’ ‘Absolute Jest’ in San Francisco

When John Adams was a young composer and conductor in San Francisco in the early ’70s, he would often perform the experimental music of John Cage and other radicals, which was the hip thing to do at the time. But he has said that all that avant-garde business could leave him musically dissatisfied, and he’d go home and put on recordings of late Beethoven string quartets.

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    November 17, 2018

    The Cleveland Orchestra

    Severance Hall

    Cleveland, OH

    KABELÁČ – Mystery of Time
    STRAVINSKY – Capriccio (for piano and orchestra)
    SHOSTAKOVICH – Symphony No. 5

    November 18, 2018

    The Cleveland Orchestra

    Severance Hall

    Cleveland, OH

    KABELÁČ – Mystery of Time
    STRAVINSKY – Capriccio (for piano and orchestra)
    SHOSTAKOVICH – Symphony No. 5

    November 29, 2018

    The Philadelphia Orchestra

    Verizon Hall

    Philadelphia, PA

    BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No. 2
    DVORAK: Symphony No. 7

    November 30, 2018

    The Philadelphia Orchestra

    Verizon Hall

    Philadelphia, PA

    BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No. 2
    DVORAK: Symphony No. 7

    December 1, 2018

    The Philadelphia Orchestra

    Verizon Hall

    Philadelphia, PA

    BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No. 2
    DVORAK: Symphony No. 7

    January 10, 2019

    New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

    Bergen Performing Arts Center

    Englewood, NJ

    MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 22
    TCHAIKOVSKY: Manfred Symphony

    January 12, 2019

    New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

    New Jersey Performing Arts Center

    Newark, NJ

    MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 22
    TCHAIKOVSKY: Manfred Symphony

    January 13, 2019

    New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

    State Theatre

    New Brunswick, NJ

    MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 22
    TCHAIKOVSKY: Manfred Symphony

NY Philharmonic

Artist-in-Residence: Emanuel Ax 2012/13.
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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4
Brahms: Music For 2 Pianos
Haydn: Piano Sonatas
Liszt: Piano Sonata in B Minor
Mendelssohn: Piano Trios
Strauss: Enoch Arden

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Extract from masterclass given by Emanuel Ax on Beethoven Piano Sonatas and Variations. The student is Nicolas Van Poucke. The full masterclass is available on DVD from www.masterclassfoundation.org

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