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Ax, Emanuel

Works: 882 works in 1,842 publications in 5 languages and 34,631 library holdings
Genres: Concertos  Live sound recordings  Chamber music  Sonatas  Arrangements (Music)  Art music  Piano trios  Music  Vocalises  Orchestral music 
Roles: Performer, Instrumentalist, Author, Other, Conductor, Musician, Narrator, Interviewee, Commentator
Classifications: M1010, 784.262
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Most widely held works by Emanuel Ax
The piano quartets, opp. 25, 26 & 60 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( )

57 editions published between 1986 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,992 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a wonderful recording of two indispensable masterpieces. By adding the viola, which he loved to play, to the popular piano trio, Mozart became "the father of the piano quartet" with these very different works, the first somber and dramatic, though it ends with a sprightly finale, the second lyrical and serene. Mozart treats all the instruments as equals, but primarily alternates piano and strings, bringing them together in climactic moments. This means that the musicians must inwardly participate in the music-making during long rests to create continuity and seamless give-and-take, a subtle problem these performers solve admirably. These four superb soloists have a rapport so strong that thoughts and feelings seem to flow between them in an unbroken current. Their playing is technically impeccable; their phrasing and style are unanimous, elegant, and flexible; their tone, though each player has a different one, is beautiful and expressive; the piano sings ravishingly; Ax adds discreet, improvisatory embellishments, especially in repeats. They bring out all of Mozart's mercurial moods, the light and shadow, repose and passion, joy and sorrow. --Edith Eisler
Sonata for cello & piano in E minor, op. 38 : Sonata for cello & piano in F major, op. 99 ; Sonata for violin (cello) & piano in D minor, op. 108 by Johannes Brahms( Recording )

28 editions published between 1985 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 1,197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prokofjew: Sonate C-Dur für Violoncello und Klavier, op.119 / Schostakowitsch: Sonate d-Moll für Violoncello und Klavier, op.40 / Moderato für Violoncello und Klavier, o.op
Piano concertos by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( )

24 editions published between 1983 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 883 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anna Vinnitskaya has now joined Alpha Classics. Her first recording for the label is devoted to one of her repertories of choice: the concertos of Shostakovich.'When I performed the Second Piano Concerto for the first time at the age of eleven, his music seemed very optimistic to me. Only later did I understand everything else that is concealed behind the "façade" of Shostakovich's music.'[The Russian pianist reveals two facets of the composer's music on this disc by juxtaposing the First Piano Concerto in C minor op. 35, an 'insolent' composition with a kaleidoscope of atmospheres and stylistic registers (Russian Romanticism, American jazz, neoclassicism) that constantly surprise the listener, and the more traditional Concerto in F major, which radiates youthful high spirits.] A pupil of Sergey Ossipenko at the Serge Rachmaninoff Conservatory, then of the great Evgeni Koroliov at the Musikhochschule in Hamburg, Anna Vinnitskaya won the Leonard Bernstein Prize, but it was her First Prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels in 2007 that launched her career. For this recording, Anna Vinnitskaya is surrounded by partners of the front rank: the famous Kremerata Baltica, regarded as one of the most creative ensembles on today's musical scene, and the prestigious wind players of the Staatskapelle Dresden
Classic Yo-Yo by Yo-Yo Ma( Recording )

7 editions published in 2001 in 4 languages and held by 818 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Haydn piano sonatas nos. 29, 31, 34, 35, 49 by Joseph Haydn( Recording )

12 editions published between 1993 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 711 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Immortal beloved : original motion picture soundtrack by Ludwig van Beethoven( )

9 editions published between 1994 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 698 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Symphonic dances & suites for 2 pianos by Sergei Rachmaninoff( )

7 editions published between 2001 and 2016 in Undetermined and No Linguistic content and held by 697 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Phantasmagoria by John Corigliano( Recording )

16 editions published between 1999 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 636 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Trout quintet, D. 667 ; Arpeggione sonata, D. 821 ; "Die Forelle", D. 550 by Franz Schubert( Recording )

8 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 594 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Century rolls ; Lollapalooza ; Slonimsky's earbox by John Adams( Recording )

10 editions published in 2000 in 3 languages and held by 544 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Of all the so-called minimalists working today, John Adams is the only one with any good ideas left. Witness this delightful release. The key to Adams's creativity is that he isn't bound by theoretical constraints on what "minimalism" should be. Century Rolls (1995) is a commission by Emanuel Ax, and it was inspired by the composer's listening to a CD recording of an ancient player piano. Century Rolls doesn't duplicate that sound, but it is, instead, an unexpected romp across new rhythmic territory. As for Mr. Ax, he comports himself very well, particularly in the difficult first Movement, which requires deft coordination of all forces involved. The brief Lollapalooza (1995) is more recognizably minimalist but with considerable orchestral color and shifting moods. And Slominsky's Earbox (1996) is a powerfully full-orchestra-driven canter. All this is to say that the CD is one of the best releases of Adams's career, and it will appeal to a very wide audience. --Paul Cook
Sonata for cello & piano in C major, op. 119 by Sergey Prokofiev( Recording )

9 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 518 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Piano trios op. 49 & op. 66 by Ludwig van Beethoven( )

21 editions published between 1988 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 518 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An incredible classical music collaboration occurred to commemorate the 2009 Mendelssohn bicentennial. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianist Emanuel Ax, and violinist Itzhak Perlman, all virtuosos, came together for the first time and recorded the Mendelssohn Piano Trios
Piano quartet ; Piano quintet by Robert Schumann( Recording )

4 editions published in 1987 and held by 511 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Trio in G minor for violin, cello and piano, op. 8 ; Polonaise brillante in C major for cello and piano, op. 3 ; Sonata in G minor for cello and piano, op. 65 ; Polonaise brillante in C major for piano, op. 3 by Frédéric Chopin( Recording )

6 editions published between 1994 and 2009 in No Linguistic content and German and held by 499 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Piano concerto no. 2 in F minor, op. 21 ; Grand fantasia on Polish airs in A major, op. 13 ; Grand polonaise brillante, op. 22 by Frédéric Chopin( Recording )

5 editions published in 1998 in No Linguistic content and Dutch and held by 473 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Trios for piano, clarinet, & cello by Emanuel Ax( Recording )

20 editions published between 1993 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cello sonatas by Johannes Brahms( )

18 editions published between 1985 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 455 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

World-renowned cellist Li-Wei Qin navigates the Beethoven Cello Sonatas with marvelous technique and displays a sensitive tone that defines his charisma. He becomes the first Chinese cellist to record the complete sonatas under a major label since Yo-Yo Ma. Li-Wei Qin has established a formidable reputation on the international concert scene as a cellist of intense musicality and virtuoso prowess. Born in Shanghai, Li-Wei moved to Australia at the age of 13. In 2002 he received the Young Australian of the Year Award. His recordings for ABC Classics have been highly acclaimed as have his performances with all the major Australian orchestras as well as internationally, where he has also appeared at the BBC Proms. His latest recording, that of the five magnificent Cello Sonatas of Beethoven, staple repertoire for any great cellist, appears on Decca, with pianist Albert Tiu
Double concerto : op. 102 ; Piano quartet no. 3, op. 60 by Johannes Brahms( Recording )

7 editions published in 1988 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

String sextet in B-flat major, op. 18 ; Theme and variations for piano ; String sextet in G major, op. 36 by Johannes Brahms( Recording )

6 editions published between 1992 and 2009 and held by 435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ballades ; Sonata no. 2 in B-flat minor, op. 35 : Funeral march by Frédéric Chopin( )

11 editions published between 1986 and 1990 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 407 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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