Haydn: Concertos for Piano and Orchestra
Emanuel Ax & Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra
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Splendid concertos, wonderfully played
Other pianists may offer more dazzling or historically infromed performances, but no other performances known to me offer such a warm, humane introduction to these captivating works. Emanuel Ax is clearly, delightedly engaged with this wonderful music, and each replay of his performance is a joyful experience, at least for me. It doesn't hurt that the engineers have done an outstanding job caputuring the sound of his piano. The chamber orchestra which accompanies Mr. Ax does not sound quite so good, but its play in no way detracts from some marvelous performances.
Born: June 8, 1949 in Lviv, Ukraine
Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s