Garrick Ohlsson is a giant of a man with a repertoire to match: his mind and hands are across countless works, including 80 concertos. Prodigious technique aside, he is a humble and generous artist, serving composers with unmannered readings, which, in the spirit of his mentor Claudio Arrau, are often described as “magisterial”.
The only American ever to nail the holy grail of the Chopin Competition, Ohlsson has a special affinity with the Polish master and this recital explores the composer’s wild and poetic sides, including his Etudes Op.25. There’s also elegant Beethoven (Sonata No. 11) and blistering Prokofiev (Sonata No. 6) to savour.
Pianists of this stature are rare visitors to Adelaide. Don’t let this one pass you by.
The music does indeed appear to ‘pour’ from his fingers… He's equipped at the highest level with the necessary speed and power, the muscular strength… tempered by breadth of outlook and solidity of intellect.
BBC Music Magazine
The god of inspiration sprints hand in hand with Garrick Ohlsson.
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata no 11 in B flat major, op 22 PROKOFIEV Piano Sonata no 6 in A major, op 82 CHOPIN Impromptu no 2 in F-sharp major, op 36 CHOPIN Etudes, op 25 nos 5-10 CHOPIN Berceuse, op 57 CHOPIN Scherzo in C-sharp minor, op 39