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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3; Mass in C major / Emanuel Ax, piano; Joélle Harvey, Kelley O'Connor, William Burden, Shenyang; San Francisco SO, Tilson Thomas

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Mass in C major, Op. 86
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This recording features two of the works that helped cement Beethoven's reputation as a creative genius like none other. Internationally acclaimed pianist Emanuel Ax joins Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony in a dynamic performance of Beethoven's robust Piano Concerto No.3. Then, MTT leads the GRAMMY-winning San Francisco Symphony Chorus and musicians in a rarely performed work, Beethoven's sublime Mass in C major.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
These performances come from concerts in September 2013 (concerto) and January 2014 (Mass), all recorded in Davies Symphony Hall. The concerto is a delight. Ax is particularly impressive in his even, graceful passagework; and the opening to II, so simple and touching, is gorgeous in its intense beauty. Thomas and his orchestra are also fine, alert and lively without every sounding pushed or aggressive. A wonderful performance, then, that nicely bridges the classical and romantic sides of the piece.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Davies Symphony Hall - a venue of the San Francisco War (01/15/2014-01/18/2014); Davies Symphony Hall - a venue of the San Francisco War (09/26/2013-09/28/2013).



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37
  • Performers: Emanuel Ax (Piano); William Burden (Tenor); Joelle Harvey; Kelley O'Connor (Mezzo Soprano); Shenyang (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Michael Thomas
  • Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Davies Symphony Hall - a venue of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, City an (09/26/2013-09/28/2013)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1800-1803
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Mass in C major, Op. 86
  • Performers: Emanuel Ax (Piano); William Burden (Tenor); Joelle Harvey; Kelley O'Connor (Mezzo Soprano); Shenyang (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Michael Thomas
  • Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Davies Symphony Hall - a venue of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, City an (01/15/2014-01/18/2014)
  • Running Time: 40 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1807
  • Studio/Live: Live