Master of the concert stage, celebrated statesman of the classical music world and Grammy-winner, all describe one of the most versatile, brilliant, and universally respected pianists on the international concert scene, Emanuel Ax. “His greatness, his overwhelming authority as musician, technician and probing intellect emerges quickly as he plays. Within minutes, we are totally captured by his intensity and pianistic achievement” (The Los Angeles Times). This landmark performance of solo works is not to be missed. Mr. Ax makes his triumphant return to the Merrill stage in a landmark performance of solo works by Franz Schubert, Samuel Adams and Frédéric Chopin.
Mr. Ax…played with youthful brio, incisive rhythm, bountiful imagination, delicacy when called for and thundering power when the piano fought back.”
—Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times
Franz Schubert—Four Impromptus Op. 142 • D 935 (1827)
Samuel Adams—Impromptus (2015-16)
Schubert—no. 1 in F minor
Schubert—no. 2 in Ab Major
Adams—after Franz Schubert
Schubert—no. 3 in Bb Major
Adams—after my very young life
Schubert—no. 4 in F minor
Chopin—Impromptu in A flat, Op. 29
Chopin—Impromptu in F# Op. 36
Chopin—Sonata in B minor Op. 58
Program subject to change.