Alan Gilbert, Emanuel Ax and Christianne Stotijn
Christianne Stotijn, Emanuel Ax
Seven Early Songs (00:19:42)
Christianne Stotijn Mezzo-Soprano
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concerto No. 22 in E flat major K. 482 (00:43:48)
Emanuel Ax Piano
The Firebird (complete ballet) (00:52:54)
Alan Gilbert on his work as a conductor and musician (00:15:40)
Visitors from New York! Alan Gilbert, Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, and Emanuel Ax, who has also lived in 'the Big Apple' for many years, meet for a concert with the Berliner Philharmoniker. Emanuel Ax has already given many memorable performances with the orchestra: in 1999 at the European Concert in Krakow, the New Year's Eve Concert in 2005 and in further concerts during the 2005/6 season when he was the Philharmoniker's Pianist in Residence.
For this concert, Ax is the soloist in Mozart's Piano Concerto in E flat major K. 482 - a work with a unique wealth of mood. Here you find not only that transcendental gracefulness with which Mozart took Viennese audiences by storm, but also the deep melancholy of his later years. In order to express these psychological states effectively, a pianist such as Emmanuel Ax is required, who - as the Independent once wrote - plays not only with unassailable technique and profound intelligence but also “with heart”.
Alan Gilbert on the other hand has shown himself to be a good friend to the Berliner Philharmoniker, one who can be relied upon in times of need. This was the case five years ago when he made his debut, substituting for Bernard Haitink, and is again the case with this concert, which he takes over from an indisposed Gustavo Dudamel. In the second half of the concert, Gilbert conducts Stravinsky's Firebird, one of the most virtuoso scores of Classic Modernism. Its colourfulness is already conveyed in the titles of the movements: “The enchanted garden”, “Appearance of the guardian monsters”, “Infernal dance”.