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Pianist Ohlsson breathes new life into old favorites

With certain masterpieces, life is too short not to play them

Pianist Garrick Ohlsson isn’t one of those musicians who necessarily believes that concert programs need to be built around a theme. In fact, he said, the selections in any given program “have to fit in a groove with what I’m doing in many other places.” There’s a practical reason for that: “I can only play so many pieces at a time.” So, for example, for…

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Arts & Events Garrick Ohlsson’s Brilliant “Emperor” Concerto of Beethoven

Ohlsson’s rendition of Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto is almost a benchmark for all pianists. Likewise, Blomstedt’s attention to orchestral details in this work, his sense of timing and dynamic variations, make Blomstedt’s “Emperor” Concerto almost a benchmark for all conductors. 

Both soloist and conductor were in splendid form on Thursday evening. The opening Allegro, the longest movement Beethoven ever wrote, was a thing of wonder. James Roy MacBean, The Berkeley Daily Planet

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BWW: Garrick Ohlsson Performs Beethoven, Scriabin & Schubert At The Broad Stage, 2/23

Since his triumph as winner of the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition, pianist Garrick Ohlsson has established himself worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess. Although long regarded as one of the world’s leading exponents of the music of Frédéric Chopin, Ohlsson commands an enormous repertoire, which ranges over the entire piano literature. On…

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Pianist Garrick Ohlsson highlights 150 years of music

Garrick Ohlsson is an elegant pianist with a prodigious technique, and it is evident that he takes great joy in music-making.

Garrick Ohlsson is an elegant pianist with a prodigious technique, and it is evident that he takes great joy in music-making. These qualities resulted in a beautiful recital Saturday evening in Mechanics Hall under the auspices of Music Worcester. The program spanned more than 150 years of the piano repertoire, from early Beethoven through Romantic-era Schubert to avant garde Scriabin. There were…

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