Andris Nelsons Conducts Strauss, Chopin and Mozart

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Andris Nelsons makes his debut as the new Boston Symphony music director at Symphony Hall in Boston. Andris Nelsons makes his debut as the new Boston Symphony music director at Symphony Hall in Boston. (Chris Lee)

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.

Program:

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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