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Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Detroit Symphony

Garrick Ohlsson and Slatkin conspired a magnificent traversal of Brahms’s equally magnificent First Piano Concerto...

“Garrick Ohlsson and Slatkin (longstanding musical comrades) conspired a magnificent traversal of Brahms’s equally magnificent First Piano Concerto… The orchestral opening was trenchant, Ohlsson introducing the piano so naturally (his focus is always on the music he plays; no spurious look-at-me antics), pianist, conductor, and orchestra (wonderful woodwinds), unfolding the first…

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Chopin bezpośredni

Gdy 27-letni Garrick Ohlsson jechał do Warszawy na Konkurs Chopinowski, polecono mu, by zgolił brodę.

Szafa Melomana Gdy 27-letni Garrick Ohlsson jechał do Warszawy na Konkurs Chopinowski, polecono mu, by zgolił brodę. W stolicy jednego z krajów bloku wschodniego mogła ona zostać uznana za dowdów przynależności do hipisowskiej kontrkultury. „Nie możesz im dawać do ręki argumentów na nie, zanim jeszcze zagrasz” – ktoś mu powiedział. Z kolei w USA kojarzyła się z…

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Emperor Concerto in Palm Beach

Garrick Ohlsson took the stage for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5... playing with seemingly effortless precision.

“The great American pianist Garrick Ohlsson took the stage for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5… playing with seemingly effortless precision, accuracy and control, no matter how fast and thick the notes came. …Ohlsson also displayed a deft and sensitive touch with the concerto’s melodies. He played with pointed precision in the minor-key theme of the first movement and with…

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Dello Joio’s captivating concerto receives sterling premiere from Ohlsson, Gilbert & BSO

Ohlsson navigated the thickets of Dello Joio’s keyboard writing with aplomb.

“Gestural in the best sense of the word, the concerto situates the pianist less as a hero struggling against the masses than as another voice lost in the chatter. Wisps of phrases flower into arpeggios that carry the energy forward. The orchestra frames the soloist in eerie sonorities before suddenly blaring at full force, like a dissonant shout chorus. The music ends as it began, fading…

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Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 with the Palm Beach Symphony

(Ohlsson) retains a formidable technique, playing with seemingly effortless precision, accuracy and control, no matter how fast and thick the notes came.

“(Ohlsson) retains a formidable technique, playing with seemingly effortless precision, accuracy and control, no matter how fast and thick the notes came.” “Ohlsson also displayed a deft and sensitive touch with the concerto’s melodies. He played with pointed precision in the minor-key theme of the first movement and with frictionless fluency in the Adagio, bringing out the…

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Review: La Jolla Music Society winter season opener offers fresh takes on established traditions

The Apollon Musagète’s textures switched easily and impressively between the bumptious rhythmic ostinati and delicate, atmospheric harmonic effects answered by Ohlsson’s deft upper-register playing.

“A critical debate has existed for years regarding Shostakovich’s G minor piano quintet. Shostakovich’s work remains so entangled with its reception by the Soviet regime that the alternating approval and opprobrium his music received in his own country have become an unfortunate (and inappropriate) barometer of musical substance and authenticity in ours. The quintet’s long popularity…

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