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Review: Houston Symphony stages a different ‘Spring’

HOUSTON CHRONICLE
MAY 21, 2018
BY ERIC SKELLY

The Houston Symphony brought its 2017-18 subscription season to a close this past weekend with a program that offered a study in contrasts.

As heard in Jones Hall, the program offered a star guest soloist in two works by Mozart in a purist, traditional approach to performing classical music. But after the intermission, the shattering innovation of Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” inspired the Houston Symphony to try some innovating of its own by way of employing multimedia to reinterpret Stravinsky’s audacious score. While the two approaches to performance were dramatically disparate, each proved apt for the works they sought to illuminate. Read more …

A Lullaby, a Caress: Yo-Yo Ma, Ax and Kavakos on Brahms

THE NEW YORK TIMES
FEBRUARY 21, 2018
BY DAVID ALLEN

Classical superstars have long come together to form chamber groups, and there is a particularly distinguished tradition of doing that for Brahms’s piano trios. Just scan the internet for Artur Rubinstein, Jascha Heifetz and Emanuel Feuermann, say, or Myra Hess, Isaac Stern and Pablo Casals. Sometimes celebrity players struggle to curb their egos for the intimacy of group work — but when they do, the results can be stunning. Read more …

Prom 74: Ax, Vienna Philharmonic, Tilson Thomas review – elegance without passion

THE ARTS DESK
SEPTEMBER 9, 2017
BY GAVIN DIXON

*Excerpt*

“I don’t know for sure, but I’m guessing that Emanuel Ax (pictured below) and Michael Tilson Thomas are long-time collaborators. An intuitive sense of communication between the two was evident throughout the Mozart 14th Piano Concerto, allowing the pianist to make some dramatic tempo and dynamic changes, at a moment’s notice, knowing that the orchestra would always keep step. Read more …

SSO with Emanuel Ax: mastery coupled with humanity

By Bernard Jacobson | The Seattle Times

When Emanuel Ax plays Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto, any participating orchestra’s principal cellist can expect to be accorded an equal place in the spotlight. It was heartwarming, at Benaroya Hall on Thursday evening, to observe the pianist’s insistent inclusion of Efe Baltacigil in his acceptance of the audience’s plaudits. Read more …

John Adams’ ‘Absolute Jest’ in San Francisco

By Mark Swed | Los Angeles Times

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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Next Concerts

    December 1, 2022

    New York Philharmonic

    David Geffen Hall

    BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 19

    with Rafael Payare, conductor

    December 2, 2022

    New York Philharmonic

    David Geffen Hall

    BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 19

    with Rafael Payare, conductor

    December 3, 2022

    New York Philharmonic

    David Geffen Hall

    BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 19

    with Rafael Payare, conductor

    December 10, 2022

    University Musical Society

    Hill Auditorium

    Perlman and Friends

    Itzhak Perlman, violin
    Emanuel Ax, piano
    Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
    Juilliard String Quartet

    Jean-Marie Leclair Sonata for Two Violins in e minor, Op. 3, No. 5
    W.A. Mozart Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-Flat Major, K. 493
    Ernest Chausson Concert for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet, Op. 21

    December 12, 2022

    Roy Thomson Hall

    Roy Thomson Hall

    Perlman and Friends

    Itzhak Perlman, violin
    Emanuel Ax, piano
    Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
    Juilliard String Quartet

    Jean-Marie Leclair Sonata for Two Violins in e minor, Op. 3, No. 5
    W.A. Mozart Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-Flat Major, K. 493
    Ernest Chausson Concert for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet, Op. 21

    December 14, 2022

    Carnegie Hall

    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

    Perlman and Friends

    Itzhak Perlman, violin
    Emanuel Ax, piano
    Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
    Juilliard String Quartet

    Jean-Marie Leclair Sonata for Two Violins in e minor, Op. 3, No. 5
    W.A. Mozart Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-Flat Major, K. 493
    Ernest Chausson Concert for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet, Op. 21

    January 12, 2023

    Naples Philharmonic

    Artis-Naples

    BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37

    with Radu Paponiu, conductor

    January 13, 2023

    Naples Philharmonic

    Artis-Naples

    BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37

    with Radu Paponiu, conductor

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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