Thursday, September 27, 2012

Emanuel Ax review by Paul Horsley

There are good reasons why Emanuel Ax is held in such high esteem in the American classical scene. He has an innate, “natural” musicality that seems to adapt to any period or style, he plays with extreme delicacy but can also tear into a thunderous fortissimo without banging, and he can “sing” you a melody as if it had words to it. (Plus he’s a gregarious guy you would want to invite to dinner some night.) All of these qualities were on display at his recital on September 22nd at the Folly Theater, the opening of the Harriman-Jewell Series’ 48th season and Ax’s 12th appearance on it.

more at the Independent

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