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Recital at the Krakow Philharmonic

...wspaniałe zróżnicowanie barw dźwięku, płynne zmiany nastrojów przy jednoczesnej klarowności wywodu – nic do dodania.

“Jako zrównoważenie dla jednej z ostatnich sonat Beethovena ze środkowego okresu (ostatniej według niektórych badaczy – niekoniecznie: e-moll op. 90 jest za mało medytacyjna i zbyt witalna jak na późne sonaty) Ohlsson wybrał fantazję Wanderer Schuberta. Bardzo dobry wybór – ten utwór doskonale da się połączyć zarówno z innymi dużymi formami klasycznymi, romantycznymi,…

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Ohlsson and an Easter for the Senses

After the last note and harmonics faded, the audience waited breathless, appreciative moments, allowing emotions to linger but then roared with a unison of approbation.

“Bach composed the WTC Book II (preludes and fugues in every major and minor key) two decades or so after the first. It possesses mature nuance, well-delivered by Ohlsson. The prelude of BWV 882 in F-sharp Major confers a precise and delicate mood, with two main, lightly articulated themes and several portions, hinting of French style. I felt the pianist’s interpretation reverential and…

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Mozart with the Cleveland Orchestra

Ohlsson’s phrasing in the opening Allegro was in keeping with the relatively understated nature of the piece — subtle, songful, and lithe.

“Ohlsson’s phrasing in the opening Allegro was in keeping with the relatively understated nature of the piece — subtle, songful, and lithe. He delighted in some puckish grace notes but left tempos, dynamics, and cadenzas just as Mozart wrote them. In the Larghetto he added some light rubato for sex appeal.” Cleveland Classical

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Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto 2 with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra

Ohlsson gave audiences something much subtler and more difficult to achieve: a performance of this most archly Romantic of piano concertos that seemed to efface the interpreter’s ego entirely.

“Ohlsson gave audiences something much subtler and more difficult to achieve: a performance of this most archly Romantic of piano concertos that seemed to efface the interpreter’s ego entirely. […] His mastery was breathtakingly apparent from the very first chords.” “Although Ohlsson found extraordinary nuances of phrasing and tone in otherwise familiar melodies, the music unfolded…

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The Boston Globe: Highlights from a year of local listening

Ohlsson’s performance of this demanding score is nothing short of heroic.

The Boston Globe Reflecting back on the year about to end, the final Classical Notes column of 2023 brings together eight notable recordings by local artists, composers, and ensembles. One of the first musical events of the year was the premiere of Justin Dello Joio’s piano concerto “Oceans Apart” by pianist Garrick Ohlsson and the Boston Symphony Orchestra under conductor Alan Gilbert. A…

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