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Smetana: Czech Dances & On the seashore

Smetana: Czech Dances & On the seashore


Smetana:

On the Sea Shore

Czech dances for piano, books 1 & 2 (14)


Smetana’s two sets of Czech Dances—the first comprising four Chopin-esque Polkas, the second exploring other dance forms more associated with Dvořák—provide the ideal vehicle for the understated pianism of Garrick Ohlsson. The evocative tone poem in miniature On the seashore completes the programme.

“A large part of the flavours in these readings derives from the aplomb with which Ohlsson negotiates tempo fluctuations within individual dances, as if to the manner born. Listening to them, it’s easy to feel that Smetana’s ambition to do for the polka what Chopin did for the mazurka was fully realised…what an accomplishment to present them not only lovingly but fairly bursting with character” Gramophone Magazine, May 2016

“Notwithstanding the essential simplicity of their form, Smetana imbues [the Czech Dances] with considerable sophistication. The first has a musing, reflective quality captured beautifully by Ohlsson, and the joyous effervescence of the right hand figuration in the second is suitably dazzling…Ohlsson’s performances are consistently attractive…this beautifully recorded issue will certainly not disappoint” BBC Music Magazine, June 2016 ****

“A delightful discovery and a companion to the dances of Brahms and Dvorak.” MusicWeb International, 12th August 2016

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Debussy, Bartók & Prokofiev: Études

Debussy, Bartók & Prokofiev: Études


Bartók:

3 Studies, BB 81, Sz. 72, Op. 18

Debussy:

Études pour piano (12) (complete)

Prokofiev:

Four Etudes, Op. 2


Garrick Ohlsson has an unbeaten reputation as the master of the miniature. In this new recital he presents three sets of Études: the twelve by Claude Debussy (so ferocious in their demands they were shunned even by elite pianists for decades), as well as Prokofiev’s revolutionary opus 2 and a set of three lesser-known works by Bartók. In all Ohlsson excels.

“His powerful technique motors through Prokofiev’s four miniatures with tremendous confidence, relishing their naughty-boy dissonances, and he treats the Lisztian flourishes that occasionally surface in the modernist currents of Bartók’s three pieces with suitable flamboyance. There are some fine moments in the Debussy set, too.” The Guardian, 23rd July 2015 ****

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Scriabin: Complete Poèmes

Scriabin: Complete Poèmes


Scriabin:

Deux poèmes, Op. 32

Poème tragique Op. 34

Poeme satanique for Piano, Op.36

Poeme for Piano, Op.41

2 Poems for Piano, Op. 44

Feuillet d'album, Op. 45 No. 1

Poème fantasque in C major, Op. 45 No. 2

Scherzo for Piano in C major, Op. 46

Quasi Valse, Op. 47

Rêverie, Op. 49 No. 3

Fragilite, Op. 51, No. 1

Poème Aile, Op. 51 No. 3

Danse languide, Op. 51 No. 4

Trois Morceaux Op. 52

Ironies Op. 56 No. 2

Nuances, Op. 56 No. 3

Two Pieces, Op. 57

Albumblatt, Op. 58

Poème for piano, Op. 59 No. 1

Poème-Nocturne, Op. 61

2 Poems for Piano, Op. 63

Poèmes, Op. 69 Nos. 1 & 2

Deux poèmes Op. 71

Vers la flamme, Op. 72

Deux Danses Op. 73


For all of his short adult life, Alexander Scriabin wrote—or planned to write—monumental works of great import, and in between these efforts he produced a steady torrent of miniatures, tiny concentrated droplets of this same expansive genius. Fascinatingly, the composer’s designation ‘poème’ is applied both to ground-breaking symphonic perorations and to the extended series of thirty-four little piano pieces, written over more than a decade and often grouped into little sets. Their inspirations are as varied as their titles—from black magic to cosmic aspiration—and they offer a key into their composer’s inner world.

American pianist Garrick Ohlsson is an acknowledged master of the genre—astonished critical reaction to his recordings of Brahms, Granados and of course Chopin attest to this—and this new Scriabin recording will only enhance an admirable reputation.

“Ohlsson understands such obsessiveness as well as any pianist alive today, and what his performances occasionally lack in colour and variety they make up in effortless virtuosity and total musical command.” The Guardian, 5th February 2015 ****

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Charles Tomlinson Griffes: Piano Music

Charles Tomlinson Griffes: Piano Music


Griffes:

Three Tone Poems

Fantasy Pieces, Op. 6

Roman Sketches, Op. 7

Piano Sonata in F sharp minor

De Profundis

Winter Landscape

Three Preludes


The American composer Charles Tomlinson Griffes’s piano works represent a remarkable musical achievement. Griffes was active as a composer for little more than twelve years, and did not write prolifically, but nevertheless produced pieces of great maturity which are both concise and extraordinarily powerful, showing the contemporary European influences to which he was exposed but also demonstrating a highly individual compositional voice. His Roman Sketches Op 7 contains his most famous work, ‘The White Peacock’—an acknowledged Impressionist masterpiece—while the final movement, ‘Clouds’, clearly heralds the language of modernism.

Almost all of Griffes’s piano music is present here, and the composer has never been better served on record than by his compatriot Garrick Ohlsson, who here applies the full force of his interpretive and technical prowess.

“There are pieces here that combine the impressionism of Debussy and Ravel with the obsessive thematic working of Scriabin; others, a bit later, that suggest the primitivism of Stravinsky and Prokofiev...as Garrick Ohlsson's superb performances show, Griffes's piano writing is wonderfully fluent” The Guardian, 25th April 2013 ****

“Hugely commanding and authoritative; a landmark in every way.” MusicWeb International, 15th May 2013

“I was only a few seconds into listening to this CD...when I realised it was going to be very special indeed. Hyperion's immaculate piano sound helps, too. But Ohlsson's phrasing is perfect: no exaggeration, simply rapturous harmonic textures projecting elegant melodies...Griffes can never have sounded better.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2013

“Ohlsson's performances throughout are a judicious blend of absolute technical security and fantasy, giving especially appealing treatment to the simple melodies that emerge occasionally from Griffes's teeming textures...this disc makes a compelling case for a masterly figure in American musical history.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2013 *****

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Brahms: The Complete Variations

Brahms: The Complete Variations

for solo piano


Brahms:

Theme and Variations in D minor (arr. from String Sextet, Op. 18)

Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24

Variations on an Original Theme in D major, Op. 21, No. 1

Variations on a Hungarian Song in D major, Op. 21 No. 2

Variations on a theme by Schumann in F sharp minor, Op. 9

Variations on a theme by Paganini in A minor, Op. 35


American pianist Garrick Ohlsson, whose Complete Chopin set was acclaimed as one of the most important anniversary releases of 2010, now turns to another significant, though often overlooked, body of Romantic piano music – Brahms’s complete variations.

The coruscatingly difficult Paganini variations, a bravura display of pyrotechnic virtuosity, frequently feature in piano competitions, performed to demonstrate extraordinary technique. In this performance, Garrick Ohlsson also displays remarkable musicality.

The Variations and Fugue on a theme of Handel is one of the summits of his entire keyboard output, showing the composer at the height of his powers. This 2-disc set also contains some little-known gems, including the wonderful Variations on an Original Theme.

“Ohlsson’s muscular performance does not ignore the yearning that lies beneath the surface.” The Telegraph, 22nd October 2010 ***

“These highly absorbing discs bring together all Brahms’s freestanding variation sets for piano in poised, intense performances.” Sunday Times, 3rd October 2010 ***

“An near to flawless collection of piano variations from the American piano virtuoso” The Times, 9th October 2010 ****

“These early variations [Op. 18] are light years away from the intimacy of Brahms's late piano pieces, and Ohlsson's iron-clad technique and robust, forward tone generally suit them well.” The Guardian, 14th October 2010 ***

“he's a born Brahmsian, equipped at the highest level with the necessary speed and power, the muscular strength and facility of finger tempered by breadth of outlook and solidity of intellect.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2010 *****

“Here is none of the turgid, bass-heavy portentousness that so often bedevils recordings of Brahms's music...This is a great Brahms recording that elevates and illuminates the music with a lightness of touch and heart that eludes many (yet he can darken the tone when required, as in Var. 13)” Gramophone Magazine, November 2010

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - November 2010

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Scriabin: The Ten Piano Sonatas & Fantasy

Scriabin: The Ten Piano Sonatas & Fantasy


Scriabin:

Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-10

Fantasy in B minor, Op. 28


The progression of Scriabin’s work as embodied in his ten piano sonatas chronicle the development and unfolding of a unique voice which to this day sings unlike any other in musical history. Garrick Ohlsson offers titanic readings of these ever-fascinating works. Since his triumph as winner of the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition, Garrick Ohlsson has established himself worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess. Garrick Ohlsson commands an enormous repertoire, and this "Complete Scriabin Sonatas" joins his "Complete Beethoven Sonatas" and "Complete Scriabin Etudes" on the Bridge Records label.

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Ewa Podles & Garrick Ohlsson: Live at The Frederic Chopin University Warsaw

Ewa Podles & Garrick Ohlsson: Live at The Frederic Chopin University Warsaw


Mussorgsky:

The Nursery

Songs and Dances of Death

Prokofiev:

Four Pieces Op. 4

Rachmaninov:

Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor

Prelude Op. 23 No. 5 in G minor


Ewa Podles (contralto), Garrick Ohlsson (piano)

Ewa Podleś is widely recognized as the most authentic contraltos of her generation by Opéra International, Orpheus, Gramophone, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Examiner, Opera News and The Financial Times. Her vocal abilities make it possible for the artist to successfully perform repertoire spanning from baroque to contemporary, on the most prestigious opera stages and concert venues in the world: La Scala, MET, Covent Garden, Carnegie Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Théâtre des Champs Elysees, to name just a few. Since his triumph as winner of the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw Garrick Ohlsson has established himself worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess. Although he has long been regarded as one of the world’s leading exponents of the music of Chopin, he commands an enormous repertoire which ranges over the entire piano literature, including over 80 concertos, from Haydn and Mozart to works of the 21st century.

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The Classic 100: Concerto – The Top 10 & Selected Highlights

The Classic 100: Concerto – The Top 10 & Selected Highlights


Various Artists, Gerard Willems, Alexander Lubiantsev, Richard Tognetti, Niki Vasilakis, Li-Wei Qin, Craig Hill, Slava Grigoryan, Alexa Murray, Helena Rathbone, Simon Tedeschi, Roberto Cominati, Garrick Ohlsson, Lin Jiang, Ewa Kupiec, Dene Olding, Ayako Uehara, Diana Doherty, Olivier Cazal

Sinfonia Australis, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Symphony, Antony Walker, János Fürst, Anthony Halstead, Sebastian Lang-Lessing, Nicholas Braithwaite, Paul Dyer, Brett Kelly, Richard Tognetti, Richard Bonynge, Edvard Tchivzhel, Tadaaki Otaka, Barry Tuckwell, Stuart Challender, Anna McDonald

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Brahms: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

Brahms: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2


Brahms:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83


Brahms’ Piano Concertos Nos 1 and 2, in thrilling live performances by soloist Garrick Ohlsson and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Tadaaki Otaka.

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Winter Daydreams

Winter Daydreams


Various Artists, Garrick Ohlsson

Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Australia Ensemble @UNSW, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, David Stanhope, John Lanchbery, Tadaaki Otaka, Myer Fredman, Richard Divall, Stephen Mould, Stuart Challender, Werner Andreas Albert, Sebastian Lang-Lessing, Oleg Caetani

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