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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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    September 25, 2019

    Tour: London Symphony Orchestra

    Hong Kong Cultural Centre

    with Sir Simone Rattle, conductor

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

    September 26, 2019

    Tour: London Symphony Orchestra

    Shenzhen Concert Hall

    with Sir Simone Rattle, conductor

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

    September 27, 2019

    Tour: London Symphony Orchestra

    Xinghai Concert Hall

    with Sir Simone Rattle, conductor

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

    September 29, 2019

    Tour: London Symphony Orchestra

    Shanghai Symphony Hall

    with Sir Simone Rattle, conductor

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

    September 30, 2019

    Tour: London Symphony Orchestra

    Qintai Concert Hall, Wuhan

    with Sir Simone Rattle, conductor

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

    October 2, 2019

    Tour: London Symphony Orchestra

    Xi’an Concert Hall

    with Sir Simone Rattle, conductor

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

    October 3, 2019

    Tour: London Symphony Orchestra

    National Centre for Performing Arts Beijing

    with Sir Simone Rattle, conductor

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

    October 15, 2019

    Carnegie Hall

    Zankel Hall, New York

    Dover Quartet
    Emanuel Ax, piano

    SCHUMANN: Piano Quintet in E-flat Major

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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