Andris Nelsons Conducts Strauss, Chopin and Mozart

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At 35, Andris Nelsons – born in Latvia – has just become the youngest music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in more than a century. As his BSO tenure begins, Nelsons flies to Germany to conduct the Berlin Philharmonic in two works by Richard Strauss. The guest pianist is Emanuel Ax.

Emanuel Ax is a New Yorker. He moved to our city to study at Juilliard and Columbia. And he is a competitor. In the late 70s critic Harold Schonberg wrote “Ax has been knocking piano competitions down the way a lumberman fells trees.”

Ax is at home in Berlin too. He made his debut here in 1988, and a quarter century later, moved in for a season as pianist in residence. He joins the orchestra to play a Mozart concerto and the Burleske in D minor for piano and orchestra by Richard Strauss.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto in E flat major K. 449 (26:58)
Emanuel Ax Piano

Richard Strauss: Burleske in D minor for piano and orchestra (25:17)
Emanuel Ax Piano

Frédéric Chopin: Waltz in A minor, Op. 34 No. 2 (6:19)
Emanuel Ax Piano

Richard Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra (42:02)

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