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Emanuel Ax Plays Chopin
Emanuel Ax (piano), Pamela Frank (violin), Yo - Yo Ma (cello)

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Sir Charles Mackerras

Polish by birth and a victor of the Chopin Competition, Emanuel Ax was bound to have a close relationship with Chopin. But it is the sheer quality of his playing that makes him so renowned as a Chopin performer. Six CDs present Ax’s interpretations of a stimulating range of concertante, solo and chamber works by his compatriot. The two concertos are played with Sir Charles Mackerras conducting the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment across two discs from 1998–1999. In his debut recordings on a historical instrument, Ax conjured “period performances unlikely to be outshone for their imagination and poetry” (Gramophone). Reviewing some of the solo performances collected here, Gramophone wrote that Ax’s recordings “are of a superlative distinction and show all the relaxed fluency and tonal elegance of a master pianist”. “No doubt Chopin would have approved” of his handling of the Mazurkas, said, presented alongside the complete Scherzos and Ballades, as well as the Second and Third Sonatas. Ax’s famed partnership with Yo-Yo Ma, represented on the final disc, produces a “tactfully balanced, persuasively fluid performance” (Gramophone) of the Cello Sonata.

Chopin: Andante spianato & Grande Polonaise, Op. 22
Chopin: Ballades Nos. 1-4
Chopin: Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23
Chopin: Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op. 38
Chopin: Ballade No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47
Chopin: Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52
Chopin: Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 65
Chopin: Fantasia in A major on Polish Airs, Op. 13
Chopin: Introduction and Polonaise Brillante in C, Op. 3
Chopin: Mazurka No. 2 in C sharp minor, Op. 6 No. 2
Chopin: Mazurka No. 15 in C major, Op. 24 No. 2
Chopin: Mazurka No. 35 in C minor, Op. 56 No. 3
Chopin: Mazurka No. 36 in A minor, Op. 59 No. 1
Chopin: Mazurka No. 37 in A flat major, Op. 59 No. 2
Chopin: Mazurka No. 38 in F sharp minor, Op. 59 No. 3
Chopin: Mazurkas (3), Op. 59
Chopin: Nocturne No. 17 in B major, Op. 62 No. 1
Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11
Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21
Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 'Marche funèbre'
Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58
Chopin: Piano Trio in G minor Op. 8
Chopin: Polonaise No. 7 in A flat major, Op. 61 'Polonaise-fantaisie'
Chopin: Scherzi Nos. 1-4
Chopin: Scherzo No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20
Chopin: Scherzo No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 31
Chopin: Scherzo No. 3 in C sharp minor, Op. 39
Chopin: Scherzo No. 4 in E major, Op. 54
Chopin: Trois Nouvelles Études
Chopin: Variations on Mozart's 'La ci darem la mano' in B flat major, Op. 2
Chopin: Waltz No. 3 in A minor 'Grande Valse Brillante', Op. 34 No. 2

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