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Danes complete their Prism project, Bychkov delivers a blistering Resurrection, outstanding Beethoven from Ohlsson in the mountains, and Piers Lane goes to town . . . again!
Review: The Complete Beethoven Piano Concertos (Garrick Ohlsson, Grand Tetons Festival Orchestra, Sir Donald Runnicles)
This cycle hits the highs - both geographically and musically.
A lifetime of musical experience distilled into a masterclass in technique and terraced dynamics.
Returning giants, like Garrick Ohlsson, rub shoulders with fresh young talent and artists like Cédric Tiberghien and Jean-Guihen Queyras.
A flawless recital by one of the giants of the piano.
Carl Vine tells us about his swansong season as Artistic Director of the organisation, which celebrates its 75th birthday next year.
Engaging Andriessen, turbo-charged Rachmaninov, and Robertson's Sibelius is even better second time around.
Ohlsson the magician conjures Falla’s pianistic spell with love.
Any release by American pianist Garrick Ohlsson is guaranteed to delight and this new one of Smetana’s Czech Dances Books Nos 1 and 2 does not disappoint. Ohlsson is at home with these charming works, meeting their virtuosic challenges with aplomb.Smetana wanted to do for the Czech polka what Chopin did for the Polish mazurka and the four works which open the album show that his aim to “idealise” the form and push the boundaries succeeded admirably. As one of today’s leading Chopin interpreters Ohlsson is on top form here. Smetana lived his final years in a gamekeeper’s lodge where he befriended an amateur fiddler who showed him Bohemian and Moravian folk tunes and dances.The resulting 10 pieces may not have had the success of Dvorˇák’s dances but they were greatly admired. Slepicka (The Little Hen), is probably the best known of them. Oves (Oats) is a gentle piece while Medved (The Bear) has all the lumbering quality of Mussorgsky’s oxen in Pictures from an Exhibition.The Little Onion, an unpromising title perhaps, is full of lyrical appeal and Dupák, a stamping dance, is terrific fun. Hulán (The lancer) is full of longing and Obkrocak, a stepping dance, recalls the tune…
Ohlsson's intriguing programme explores music that mirrors art.
★★★★☆ Ashkenazy and Ohlsson’s Emperor strikes in back-to-back Beethoven.