"Mr. Ax’s signature style — a shifting balance of poetry, earthiness and analytical clarity — suits [Schubert’s] music, not least because his fluid changes of focus seem to mirror Schubert’s impulses so precisely. That is an illusion of course. Other pianists make entirely different interpretive emphases sound just as convincing, and that is where the magic of great performance lies: in the ability to make a specific sequence of choices sound inevitable and fresh even for listeners who think they know the music inside out."
Allan Kozinn, The New York Times
Emanuel Ax’s first Schubert concert for Tully Scope was fantastic—I’d say there’s an excellent chance his second all-Schubert recital, this time with baritone Simon Keenlyside tomorrow night, will be even better.
(Source: The New York Times)