Emanuel Ax.

Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 3

  • And Works by Liszt

In this interesting recital, Emanuel Ax achieves a fascinating set of portraits of Franz Liszt, and of Frederic Chopin.

From some research on these two composers featured on this CD, we learn that Chopin – as a person – was introverted and ill at ease with crowds. Liszt, however, was almost shockingly extroverted, and wowed the crowds in their thousands, frequently driving them near to hysteria. And both composers’ music survived to this day…

The great B minor Sonata of Chopin is permeated by Chopin’s love and profound understanding of Bach, while the bulk of the Liszt arrangements reflect his adoration of the then still little-known magic of Franz Schubert.

Here is the program:


  • Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58


  • Das Wandern (No. 1 from Müllerlieder von Franz Schubert, S565)
  • Der Müller und der Bach (No. 2 from Müllerlieder von Franz Schubert, S565)
  • Ständchen – Horch, horch! die Lerch (No. 9 from Zwölf Lieder von Franz Schubert, S558)
  • Gnomenreigen, S145 No. 2
  • Étude d’exécution transcendante d’après Paganini, S. 140 No. 6

Performed by Emanuel Ax (piano)

Here is a video of Emanuel Ax, as he performs the music of Chopin:



And next, please enjoy Emanuel Ax talking about Chopin and Schumann:



Tags: Chopin, Liszt, Emanuel Ax, Schubert