Ax Plays Beethoven
April 15 – 17, 2021
DAVID ROBERTSON conducts
EMANUEL AX piano
R. CRAWFORD SEEGER Rissolty Rossolty
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, â€śEmperorâ€ť
Ruth Crawford Seeger, stepmother to the famous folk singer Pete Seeger, was a major force in contemporary music circles in the first half of the 20th century. Her 1939 orchestral fantasia Rissolty Rossolty was commissioned by CBS as a tribute to American composers and highlights old folk tunes Phoebe, The Death of Callahan, and Rissolty, Rissolty.
Nicknamed the â€śEmperorâ€ť, Beethovenâ€™s last piano concerto was composed during Napoleonâ€™s artillery assault on Austria and is bursting with heroic themes and virtuosic cadenzas as well as one of the composerâ€™s most tender slow movements.
Berioâ€™s Rendering is a restoration of Schubertâ€™s material for an incomplete 10th Symphony, which he sketched a few weeks before his death at the ripe age of 31.
â€śThese last sketches, although very fragmentary, are of great homogeneity and they show Schubert in the process of testing different contrapuntal possibilities for one and the same thematic materialâ€¦ This ambiguity attracted me particularly: in fact my â€ścement-workâ€ť (connecting each sketch) aims amongst other things at making that ambiguity structurally expressive.â€ťâ€“ Luciano Berio
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