New York Philharmonic – Emanuel Ax

eaxThis was my final New York Philharmonic concert of the 2012-13 season! (However, I do plan to see two summer concerts in a few weeks.) The program consisted of three seemingly dissimilar works – Haydn’s Piano Concerto in D Major (featuring Emanuel Ax), Christoper Rouse’s Symphony No. 3 and an arrangement of music from Wagner’s The Ring assembled and orchestrated by Music Director Alan Gilbert.

I attended the pre-concert talk, this time devoted entirely to Christopher Rouse who discussed his work on the program. Rouse’s work is big (lots of loud playing from brass and winds) but accessible. The audience gave him a rousing ovation that lasted for several minutes. While I’ve never been a big fan of Wagner, the audience also appreciated the nearly-hour-long rendition of music from The Ring.

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