Ax, from Bach to Strauss

Vladimir Jurowski - Conductor

Jeffrey Khaner - Flute

Emanuel Ax - Piano

program

Bach - Orchestral Suite No. 2

Strauss - Burleske, for piano and orchestra

Bach - Piano Concerto No. 1

Mahler - Todtenfeier

Thursday, February 6, 2014

8:00 pm Verizon Hall

Vladimir Jurowski returns for a two-week residency. For his first program he contrasts composers from the Baroque with those from the height of Romanticism. Bach is performed along with Strauss and Mahler, exploring the evolution of music across three centuries. As part of the Strauss 150th anniversary year, legendary pianist Emanuel Ax performs the youthful Burleske for piano and orchestra. Written when he was 21, it is very much in the style of Liszt and Schumann but contains clear indications of the brilliant composer emerging with his own style. Ax also performs Bach’s Piano Concerto in D minor. Originally written for harpsichord, which was only just coming into favor as a solo instrument, this Concerto is distinct from the Strauss Burleske, demonstrating how solo keyboard music expanded nearly 200 years later. Likewise, the intimate music-making of Bach’s French-style dance suite, the Orchestral Suite No. 2 featuring solo flute, also stands apart from Mahler’s mighty Todtenfeier (Funeral Rites). Todtenfeier is a single movement tone poem that became the basis for the epic first movement of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, the “Resurrection” Symphony.

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Emanuel Ax, Pianist, and Paul Arnold, Philadelphia Orchestra Violinist

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