Emanuel Ax
Emanuel Ax's Brahms Project concludes climactically
Emanuel Ax's Brahms Project concludes climactically

A large audience turned up at Walt Disney Concert Hall Thursday night to hear Emanuel Ax perform Brahms' big Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. That is hardly surprising. Ax is a popular, amiable pianist. Brahms is a popular, amenable Romantic. And Gustavo Dudamel is back. And so is the Brahms bomber, however avuncular Ax might appear. The Second Concerto winds up the pianist's Brahms Project, which began with the First Concerto in January conducted by Robin Ticciati and included two recitals at Disney, one with mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter featuring Brahms songs and another with Yo-Yo Ma for the cello sonatas. What, you might wonder, could be more...