Emanuel Ax has been classed among the master pianists ever since his victory at the inaugural
Arthur Rubinstein Competition in 1974. His long association with RCA began the very next year,
with a spellbinding album of Chopin and Liszt transcriptions. Over the next 12 years he released 23
albums on the label, spanning much of the great piano literature, and the complete set of his RCA
recordings is now reissued by Sony Classical for the first time.
With a 19th-century focus, the collection contains five albums of Axs famed Chopin, five
more of Beethoven, several of Brahms, Schubert and Mozart, and many other classic recordings.
Many fine concerto performances include four by Mozart, Brahms' First with the Chicago
Symphony, and both of Chopins concertos with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Eugene Ormandy.
Of course, there are more of Axs legendary Chopin recordings as well, including the Second and
Third Sonatas and the four Ballades.