Emanuel Ax plays Schubert in Feb. 23 recital

“His pianism is always thoughtful, lyrical, lustrous.”
– Washington Post

Music lovers all over the world celebrated Franz Schubert’s birthday on January 31. On Wednesday, February 23, music lovers in Connecticut can celebrate again when the renowned pianist Emanuel Ax gives an all-Schubert recital presented by the Yale School of Music. The event, which is part of the Horowitz Piano Series, will take place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven).

The recital will open with Schubert’s Impromptus, Op. 142, a group of four pieces that Schumann once accused of being a sonata in disguise. Ax will then play the Sonata in A major, Op. 120, D. 664, a sunny and relatively youthful work known as the “little” sonata to distinguish it from another that Schubert wrote in the same key.

Ax will contrast this early work against the masterful Sonata in B-flat major, D. 960, which closes the program. The last piano sonata Schubert wrote, it was only published ten years after his death and was long neglected before being widely recognized as a major piece of the piano repertoire.

The pianist recently gave a series of three recitals at Lincoln Center focused on the music of Schubert. “One of Ax’s great strengths as a performer,” writes the San Francisco Chronicle, “is his ability to blend tenderness and muscle in a single amalgam.” Writes David Patrick Stearns of the Philadelphia Inquirer, “The more he increases tension, the more intently you listen – and perceive the profundity.” MORE

Published February 3, 2011
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Emanuel Ax to serve as Visiting Professor of Piano

ax_webThe Yale School of Music is pleased to announce the appointment of Emanuel Ax as Visiting Professor of Piano for the 2009-2010 academic year.  One of the world’s leading pianists, Ax has longstanding ties to Yale and to the School of Music, including an honorary doctorate from the university.

Boris Berman, Coordinator of Piano at YSM, notes that “for many years we felt honored to present recitals and master classes of this wonderful artist to the Yale community. His addition to the roster of the piano faculty will give our talented students an invaluable opportunity to work closely with one of the greatest masters of the piano.” MORE

Published March 30, 2009
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