Legendary pianist Emanuel Ax is an ideal interpreter of the Mozart concerto that Beethoven, Brahms and Clara Schumann all admired and performed. - Mozart was a revolutionary. Piano Concerto No. 20, like the highest drama of Don Giovanni and Requiem, telegraphs the Romanticism of later composers. - Reeling from world war, Shostakovich courageously regards timbers of annihilation in a symphony that defied Stalin’s propagandists. - Shostakovich's Eighth was banned in 1948 for being anti-Soviet and “ultra-individualistic.” Hearing it performed in 1962, Shostakovich was overcome with tears.