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Week of May 30, 2011

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Bernard Haitink, conductor
Emanuel Ax, piano

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BRAHMS: Symphony No. 3, Op 80
BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No. 1 Op. 1
FRANCK: i. Lento, Symphony in D minor, Op. 48 -Royal ConcertGebouw Orchestra, Karel Ancerl, conductor

Emanuel Ax has been playing the first Brahms piano concerto for over 50 years and says that even after all this time, it's still terrifyingly difficult. That may be true, but you'd never guess it from his brilliant performance this week with the RCO.

Jayne P. of Belle Mead, NJ won last week's encore contest by correctly ID'ing Chopin's Grande Waltz Brillante, Op. 34 no. 2.

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Bernard Haitink

Emanuel Ax

Johannes Brahms

Cesar Franck