Emanuel Ax plays Chopin

Release Date: 1/5/2018
Label: Sony
Catalog Number: 88985465042
Number of Discs: 6

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$23.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews

Polish by birth and a victor of the Chopin Competition, Emanuel Ax was bound to have a close relationship with Chopin. But it is the sheer quality of his playing that makes him so renowned as a Chopin performer. Six CDs present Ax’s interpretations of a stimulating range of concertante, solo and chamber works by his compatriot. The two concertos are played with Sir Charles Mackerras conducting the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment across two discs from 1998–1999. In his debut recordings on a historical instrument, Ax conjured “period performances unlikely to be outshone for their imagination and poetry” (Gramophone). Reviewing some of the solo performances collected here, Gramophone wrote that Ax’s recordings “are of a superlative distinction and show all the relaxed fluency and tonal elegance of a master pianist”. “No doubt Chopin would have approved” of his handling of the Mazurkas, said ClassicsToday.com, presented alongside the complete Scherzos and Ballades, as well as the Second and Third Sonatas. Ax’s famed partnership with Yo-Yo Ma, represented on the final disc, produces a “tactfully balanced, persuasively fluid performance” (Gramophone) of the Cello Sonata.

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REVIEW:

Ax’s recordings are of a superlative distinction and show all the relaxed fluency and tonal elegance of a master pianist. Ax and Yo-Yo Ma produce a tactfully balanced, persuasively fluid performance of the Cello Sonata.

– Gramophone (paraphrased from note above)

Works on This Recording
1. Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1830 ; Poland
1. Sonata for Piano no 3 in B minor, B 155/Op. 58 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1844 ; Paris, France
2. Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34: no 2 in A minor, B 64 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1831 ; Poland
3. Variations for Piano and Orchestra in B flat major on Mozart's "Là ci darem", Op. 2 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1827 ; Poland
4. Concerto for Piano no 2 in F minor, B 43/Op. 21 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1829-1830 ; Poland
5. Fantasia for Piano and Orchestra in A major on Polish Airs, Op. 13 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1828 ; Poland
6. Andante spianato et Grand polonaise brillante in E flat major, Op. 22 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1830-1831 ; Vienna, Austria
7. Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, B 128/Op. 35 "Funeral March" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1837-1839 ; Paris, France
8. Andante spianato et Grand polonaise brillante in E flat major, Op. 22 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1830-1831 ; Vienna, Austria
9. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 161/Op. 62: no 1 in B major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1846 ; Paris, France
10. Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1831-1835 ;
11. Ballade for Piano no 2 in F major/a minor, B 102/Op. 38 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1836-1839 ; Paris, France
12. Ballade for Piano no 3 in A flat major, B 136/Op. 47 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1840-1841 ; Paris, France
13. Ballade for Piano no 4 in F minor, B 146/Op. 52 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1842 ; Paris, France
14. Scherzo for Piano no 2 in B flat minor/D flat major, B 111/Op. 31 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1837 ; Paris, France
15. Scherzo for Piano no 4 in E major, B 148/Op. 54 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1842 ; Paris, France
16. Polonaise-fantaisie for Piano in A flat major, B 159/Op. 61 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1845-1846 ; Poland
17. Nouvelles Etudes (3) for Piano, B 130 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1839 ; Paris, France
18. Scherzo for Piano no 1 in B minor, B 65/Op. 20 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1831-1832 ; Poland
19. Scherzo for Piano no 2 in B flat minor/D flat major, B 111/Op. 31 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1837 ; Paris, France
20. Scherzo for Piano no 3 in C sharp minor, B 125/Op. 39 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1839 ; Mallorca (Majorca),
21. Scherzo for Piano no 4 in E major, B 148/Op. 54 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1842 ; Paris, France
22. Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 60/Op. 6: no 2 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1830 ; Vienna, Austria
23. Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 89/Op. 24: no 2 in C major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1834-1835 ; Paris, France
24. Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 153/Op. 56: no 3 in C minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1843 ; Paris, France
25. Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 157/Op. 59 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1845 ; Paris, France
26. Trio for Piano and Strings in G minor, B 25/Op. 8 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Pamela Frank (Violin), Emanuel Ax (Piano), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1828-1829 ; Poland
27. Introduction and Polonaise for Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 3 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1829-1830 ; Poland
28. Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, B 160/Op. 65 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1845-1846 ; Paris, France
29. Sonata for Piano no 3 in B minor, B 155/Op. 58 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1844 ; Paris, France
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