“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