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Emanuel Ax

February 15, 2013

Emanuel Ax

Pianist Emanuel Ax is endearingly humble. He downplays his own abilities and goes out of his way to shine the spotlight on others. It's charming, but don't believe a word of it. Ax is a national treasure, one of the finest pianists around today. In today's show, he teams up with the Spanish National Orchestra and plays the "Emperor" concerto by Beethoven.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Johannes Brahms
    Intermezzo in E, Op. 16, No. 4
    Emanuel Ax, piano
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    First movement from Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, BWV 1052
    The Seattle Marimba Quartet
    Classical KING FM, Seattle
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat, Op. 73 (Emperor)
    Emanuel Ax, piano, the Spanish National Orchestra, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, conductor
    Auditorio Nacional de Musica, Madrid, Spain

hour 2

  • Franz Schubert
    Marche Militaire in D, Op. 51, No. 1, D. 733
    The Philharmonia Orchestra, Charles Groves, conductor
  • Frederic Chopin
    Etude, Op. 10, No. 3
    The Georgia Guitar Quartet
    Bob Jones University, Greenville, South Carolina
  • Enrique Granados
    Spanish Dance No. 2 (Orientale)
    The Georgia Guitar Quartet
    Bob Jones University, Greenville, South Carolina
  • Avner Dorman
    The Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Justin Brown, conductor
    Spring for Music Festival, New York City
  • Franz Schubert
    Fantasy in F Minor, Op. 103, D. 940
    David Jalbert and Wonny Song, piano
    Montreal Chamber Music Festival, Montreal, Quebec
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