Emanuel Ax

Biography

Born: June 8, 1949  
From a string of early career successes in the 1970s, Emanuel Ax has emerged as one of the most versatile, brilliant, and universally respected pianists on the international concert scene.

Ax's father was a coach at the Lwow Opera House. Emanuel's talent and interest in music manifested itself early; his first instrument was actually the violin, though he eventually took up piano lessons with his father. After living for a time in
Read more Warsaw, then Winnipeg, Canada, the family moved to the United States in 1961, and Ax began studies with Mieczyslaw Munz at the Juilliard School. He made his first concert tour, to South Africa, in 1969; in the following year he became an American citizen.

Ax is the rare musician who was able to parlay exposure via the competition circuit into a lasting and truly successful international career. After disappointing finishes in high-profile events like the Chopin Competition and the Queen Elizabeth Competition, Ax withdrew from competing for a time to make his New York debut, at Alice Tully Hall, on March 12, 1973. In the following year, he at last took top prize in an event of some importance, the Rubinstein Piano Master Competition. It was with this success -- which included an American concert tour -- that Ax's star began to rise toward international superstardom. In 1979 he was awarded the coveted Avery Fisher Prize, which led to a recording contract with RCA Victor.

As a soloist Ax has demonstrated a particular affinity for the Romantics; nonetheless, his repertoire is among the most diverse of any pianist on the scene today and ranges from the music of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven to important twentieth century figures like Tippett, Henze, and Hindemith. He is also a particular champion of contemporary music, and has played and commissioned works from such composers as Joseph Schwantner, John Adams, and Christopher Rouse. He is considered by players and audiences alike to be a chamber musician par excellence; his frequent partners in this endeavor include Isaac Stern, Jaime Laredo, and Richard Stolzman. His regular collaborations with cellist Yo-Yo Ma have netted the pair three Grammy Awards. Ax has also demonstrated an interest in "authentic" performance; he recorded the Chopin concerti on an 1853 Erard piano very similar to Chopin's own instrument. Ax maintains a busy recording and recital schedule and frequently appears with the world's leading orchestras and at the major music festivals. He resides with his wife, pianist Yoko Nozaki, and their two children in New York City. Read less
Faure, Strauss: Violin Sonatas / Perlman, Ax
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Biography

Born: June 8, 1949  
From a string of early career successes in the 1970s, Emanuel Ax has emerged as one of the most versatile, brilliant, and universally respected pianists on the international concert scene.

Ax's father was a coach at the Lwow Opera House. Emanuel's talent and interest in music manifested itself early; his first instrument was actually the violin, though he eventually took up piano lessons with his father. After living for a time in
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Andante: Allegro vivace
II. Adagio: Allegro vivace
I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Allegretto grazioso
III. Poco adagio
IV. Finale: Allegro con brio
I. Lento maestoso
II. Andante
III. Andante moderato (quasi tempo di marcia)
IV. Allegro
V. Lento maestoso
I. Andante: Moderato
II. Allegro con brio
III. Largo
IV. Allegretto
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Allegro
I. Allegro con brio
II. Andante ma non troppo
III. Finale. Allegro vivo
I. Dialogo. Allegro
II. Scherzo Pizzicato. Allegretto
III. Elegia. Lento
IV. Marcia. Energico
V. Moto Perpetuo. Presto
Introduzione col basso del tema. Allegretto vivace - Tema
Variation 1
Variation 2
Variation 3
Variation 4
Variation 5
Variation 6
Variation 7
Variation 8
Variation 9
Variation 10
Variation 11
Variation 12
Variation 13
Variation 14
Variation 15
Finale. Alla Fuga: Allegro Con Brio
Symphonic Etudes Op. 13: Thema: Andante
Etude 1
Etude 2
Etude 3
Etude 4
Etude 5
Variation 4
Variation 5
Etude 6
Etude 7
Etude 8
Variation 2
Etude 9
Etude 10
Etude 11
Etude 12
I. Zart und mit Ausdruck
II. Lebhaft, leicht
III. Rasch, mit Feuer
Langsam, mit innigem Ausdruck
Rasch und feurig
I. Mit Humor
II. Langsam
III. Nicht schnell, mit viel Ton zu spielen
IV. Nicht zu rasch
V. Stark und markiert
I. Allegro
II. Intermezzo. Allegro ma non troppo - Trio. Animato
III. Andante con moto
IV. Rondo alla Zingarese. Presto
Quartet No. 3 in C minor for Piano and Strings, Op. 60: I. Allegro non troppo
II. Scherzo. Allegro
III. Andante
IV. Finale. Allegro comodo
Quartet No. 2 in A Major for Piano and Strings, Op. 26: I. Allegro non troppo
II. Poco adagio
III. Scherzo - Trio. Poco allegro
IV. Finale. Allegro
Prelude. Andante. "Long lines of cliff breaking"
"So these were wed" Langsam
Allegro appassionato. "She when the day, that Enoch mentioned"
Tranquillo. "And so ten years, since Enoch left"
Annie's dream. Langsam. "When lo! Her Enoch sitting on a height"
Prelude. Allegro moderato. "And where was Enoch?"
"Thus over Enoch's early silvering head"
Allegro agitato. "When the dead man comes to life"
Langsam. "Women, disturb me not at the last"
Fantasiestücke, Op. 73: I. Zart und mit Ausdruck
II. Lebhaft, leicht
III. Rasch, mit Feuer
Adagio and Allegro in A-flat Major, Op. 70: Langsam, mit innigem Ausdruck
Rasch und feurig
Five Stücke im Volkston, Op. 102: I. Mit Humor
II. Langsam
III. Nicht schnell, mit viel Ton zu spielen
IV. Nicht zu rasch
V. Stark und markiert
Allegro maestoso
Quasi Adagio
Allegretto vivace - Allegro animato
Allegro marziale animato
Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra in A Major: Adagio sostenuto assai - Allegro agitato assai
Allegro moderato
Allegro deciso - Marziale un poco meno Allegro
Allegro animato
Sonata in B minor: Lento assai - Allegro energico
Andante sostenuto
Allegro energico
Sonata in F Major for Cello and Piano, Op. 6: I. Allegro con brio
II. Andante ma non troppo
III. Finale. Allegro vivo
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Andante, un poco Adagio
III. Scherzo. Allegro - Trio
IV. Finale. Poco sostenuto - Allegro non troppo - Tempo I - Presto, non troppo
Variations on a Theme by Haydn for Two Pianos, Op. 56b: Thema. Chorale St. Antoni
Variation 1. Andante con moto
Variation 2. Vivace
Variation 3. Con moto
Variation 4. Andante
Variation 5. Poco presto
Variation 6. Vivace
Variation 7. Grazioso
Variation 8. Poco presto
Finale. Andante
I. Allegro molto moderato
II. Scherzo. Allegro vivace
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro molto
Quartet No. 2 in G minor for Piano & Strings, Op. 45: I. Allegro molto moderato
II. Allegro molto
III. Adagio non troppo
IV. Allegro molto
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Andantino grazioso - Trio
IV. Allegro
Trio in B-flat Major for Piano, Clarinet and Cello, Op. 11: I. Allegro con brio
II. Adagio
III. Tema: Pria ch'io l'impegno. Allegretto
Trio in E-flat Major for Piano, Clarinet and Viola (Cello), K. 498: I. Andante
II. Menuetto - Trio
III. Rondeaux. Allegretto
Allegro moderato
Andante con moto
Rondo: Vivace
Piano Concerto No. 5, Opus 73 "Emperor" in E-Flat Major: Allegro
Adagio un poco mosso
Rondo: Allegro
Allegro vivace
Andante
Scherzo: Presto
Theme: Andantino; Variations 1-5: Allegretto
Allegro giusto
Allegro con brio
Largo
Rondo: Allegro scherzando
Piano Concerto No 2, Op. 19 in B Flat Major: Allegro con brio
Adagio
Rondo: Molto allegro
Piano Concerto No 3, Op. 37 in C Minor: Allegro con brio
Largo
Rondo: Allegro
Allegro con brio
Adagio
Rondo: Molto allegro
Piano Concerto No 5, Op. 73 ("Emperor") in E-Flat Major: Allegro
Adagio un poco mosso
Rondo: Allegro
Choral Fantasia in C Minor, Op. 80: Adagio
Allegro
Meno allegro
Adagio ma non troppo
Marcia, assai vivace
Allegretto ma non troppo
Presto
Concerto in D Major for Piano and Strings, Hob. XVIII: 11: I. Vivace
II. Un poco Adagio
III. Rondo all'Ungarese. Allegro assai
I. Andante grave - Moderato animato - Allegro moderato
II. Moderato - Andante dolce
III. Allegro ma non troppo - Andantino
Sonata in G minor for Cello and Piano Op. 19: I. Lento - Allegro moderato - Moderato
II. Allegro scherzando
III. Andante
IV. Allegro mosso - Moderato - Vivace
Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor, Op. 60: I. Allegro non troppo
II. Scherzo: Allegro
III. Andante
IV. Finale: Allegro comodo
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio
III. Finale. Presto
Sonata No. 34 in D Major, Hob. XVI:33: I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Tempo di Minuetto
Sonata No. 29 in E-flat Major, Hob. XVI:45: I. Moderato
II. Andante
III. Finale. Allegro Di Molto
Sonata No. 49 in C-sharp minor, Hob. XVI:36: I. Moderato
II. Scherzando. Allegro con brio
III. Menuet and Trio. Moderato
Sonata No. 35 in A-flat Major, Hob. XVI:43: I. Moderato
II. Menuetto
III. Rondo. Presto
I. Allegro
II. Larghetto
III. Allegretto
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Rondo
Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in E minor, Op. 90 "Dumky": I. Lento maestoso
II. Andante
III. Andante moderato (quasi tempo di marcia)
IV. Allegro
V. Lento maestoso
I. Allegro
II. Andante con moto
III. Lento assai
Suite No. 2 for 2 Pianos, Op. 17: I. Introduction
II. Waltz
III. Romance
IV. Tarantella
Suite No. 1 for 2 Pianos, Op. 5, Fantaisie-tableaux: I. Barcarole
II. A Night for Love
III. Tears
IV. Russian Easter
Allegro vivace
Andante
Scherzo: Presto
Theme: Andantino; Variations 1-5: Allegretto
Allegro giusto
I. Allegro con fuoco
II. Lento
III. Allegro moderato, grazioso
IV. Finale - Allegro, ma non troppo
Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 83: I. Allegro non troppo
II. Allegro appassionato
III. Andante
IV. Allegretto grazioso
Sonata in D Major for Cello and Piano, Op. 78: I. Vivace ma non troppo (arr. from the Sonata in G Major for Violin and Piano)
II. Adagio (arr. from the Sonata in G Major for Violin and Piano)
III. Allegro molto moderato (arr. from the Sonata in G Major for Violin and Piano)
Allegro non troppo
Allegretto quasi Menuetto
Allegro
Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 2, Opus 99 in F: Allegro vivace
Adagio affettuoso
Allegro passionato
Allegro molto
I. Allegro
II. Larghetto
III. Allegretto
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Rondo
King Gesar (1991-92): Part I - Calling on the Power of Goodness in Men's Hearts: An Invocation to the Imperial Drala, Gesar, King of Ling (Voice)
Part II - The Birth of Gesar (Voice)
Part III - Gesar in the Desert (Voice)
Part IV - The Horse Race (Voice)
Part V - The Song of Manene (Voice)
Part VI - The Battle with the Tirthikas (Voice)
Part VII - Gesar's Song of Completion (Voice)
I. Allegro vivace
II. Andante
III. Scherzo. Presto - Trio
IV. Theme & Variations. Andantino
V. Finale. Allegro giusto
Sonata in A minor for Piano and Arpeggione (Cello). D. 821: I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio
III. Allegretto
Piano Sonata No. 2 in F-sharp minor, Op. 2: I. Allegro non troppo ma energico
II. Andante con espressione
III. Scherzo. Allegro - Trio. Poco più moderato
IV. Finale: Introduzione - Sostenuto; Allegro non troppo e rubato
I. Allegro
II. Andante con moto
III. Scherzo - Presto - Poco meno presto
IV. Finale - Allegro giocoso
Quartet for Violin, Viola, Violoncello and Piano No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25: I. Allegro
II. Intermezzo. Allegro ma non troppo - Trio. Animato
III. Andante con moto
IV. Rondo alla Zingarese. Presto
Quartet for Violin, Viola, Violoncello and Piano No. 3 in C minor, Op. 60: I. Allegro non troppo
II. Scherzo. Allegro
III. Andante
IV. Finale. Allegro comodo
Allegro maestoso
Romance: Larghetto
Rondo: Vivace
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor: Maestoso
Larghetto
Allegro vivace
Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano in G minor, Op.8: Allegro con fuoco
Scherzo. Con moto, ma non troppo
Adagio sostenuto
Finale. Allegretto
Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op.65: Allegro moderato
Scherzo. Allegro con brio
Largo
Finale. Allegro
I. Allegretto
II. Largo cantabile
III. Presto


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