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Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Ax Plays Brahms

Until April 23, 2019

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Bartok, Debussy, and Brahms

Expect an exhilarating evening of glorious orchestral luminosity that showcases the talents of the brilliant featuring works from Bartok, Debussy and Brahms. With conductor Fabien Gabel in charge of the baton, and award-winning Emanuel Ax on piano audiences are in for a treat. Polish-born Ax won the first Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv, and is a Sony Classical exclusive recording artist who has won multiple Grammy Awards.

Fabien Gabel is one of this generation's newest stars; he is a regular guest conductor for major orchestras across the United States, Europe, and Asia and has been hailed as "boldly evocative" by Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Opening the night is Bartok's Dance Suite, a work composed during the summer Bartok divorced his wife of 14 years and married his 19-year old piano student; the suite also reflects Bartok's Hungarian heritage and is considered a deeply moving orchestral work.

Next on the program is Debussy's seasonal ode, Printemps. Fascinating as a composition, it encapsulates the joie de vivre and sparkling cheer of spring with episodes gliding from one to the next with lithe mastery.

For the finale, Emmanuel Ax plays Brahms's Second Piano Concerto - an animated four-movement work that brings with it a tumult of emotions, contrasting the most tender of moments with the most dark and dramatic. It's a concert that showcases the genius of Brahms, and his ability to take us on a turbulent, emotion-fuelled journey that culminates in an electrifying climax.

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Opening night: 19 April 2019

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