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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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    April 16, 2020

    Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin

    Philharmonie Berlin

    with Robin Ticciati, conductor

    BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 83

    April 18, 2020

    Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin

    Philharmonie Berlin

    with Robin Ticciati, conductor

    BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 83

    April 20, 2020

    National Concert Hall Dublin

    National Concert Hall Dublin

    ALL-BEETHOVEN PROGRAM
    Bagatelle in A Minor, WoO 59, “Für Elise”
    Piano Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 2, No. 2
    Six Variations on an Original Theme in F Major, Op. 34
    Piano Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 2, No. 1
    Five Variations on “Rule Britannia” in D Major
    Piano Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 2, No. 3

    April 23, 2020

    Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

    Sala Santa Cecilia

    with Lahav Shani, conductor

    BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73

    April 24, 2020

    Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

    Sala Santa Cecilia

    with Lahav Shani, conductor

    BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73

    April 25, 2020

    Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

    Sala Santa Cecilia

    with Lahav Shani, conductor

    BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73

    April 29, 2020

    Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich

    Tonhalle Maag (Konzertsaal)

    with Krzysztof Urbański, conductor

    CHOPIN: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21

    April 30, 2020

    Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich

    Tonhalle Maag (Konzertsaal)

    with Krzysztof Urbański, conductor

    CHOPIN: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21

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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