The Axman cometh

Emanuel Ax

Los Alamos is officially 121 feet higher than Santa Fe, and it promises to be the site of some very high-level pianism on Sunday, Jan. 22, with a solo recital for the Los Alamos Concert Association by the legendary Emanuel Ax. His playing has been called “always marvelously articulate and totally unfussy” by The Guardian and “always thoughtful, lyrical, [and] lustrous” by The Washington Post, among many other accolades.

The major works he’ll play are two contrasting sonatas by Franz Schubert, one in A major written in 1819 (the shortest and sunniest of his completed sonatas) and one in B-flat major from 1828 (an emotionally expansive, structurally taut masterpiece written just weeks before his death). In between comes Franz Liszt’s transcriptions of four Schubert lieder for solo piano and a movement from Liszt’s Années de Pèlerinage (Years of Pilgrimage).4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, Duane W. Smith Auditorium, Los Alamos High School, 1300 Diamond Dr., $35 (free for those 6 to 18), 505-662-9000, losalamosconcert.org

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