August 8, 1999 |
Though these four 20th century composers are separated by country, style, temperament and you-name-it, Ohlsson assembles a coherent, unified program from their solo piano catalogs. He takes a relatively soft-focused view of the dramatic wartime Prokofiev sonata, and the crystalline Webern radiates a gentler glow in his hands than in those of, say, Maurizio Pollini or Glenn Gould. Yet in Bartok's mostly vehement Three Studies--a relatively rare item--Ohlsson generates all the forward drive one would want.
April 20, 1998 |
The American musician Garrick Ohlsson has actually grown up before our eyes. He was already a well-known competition winner when he captured the top prize in the international Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 1970. A year later, the young pianist played at the Hollywood Bowl, and has returned here many times. Friday night, coming back to UCLA--but not Royce Hall, scene of his local recital debut in 1976--Ohlsson again made a musical and personal triumph.
February 24, 1992 |
Pianist Garrick Ohlsson, who won the 1970 Warsaw Chopin Competition, doesn't need an excuse to play Chopin. But at his Saturday night Civic Theatre recital, he used Chopin's birthday as the occasion to serve a second helping of the Polish composer's music. Although historians cannot agree whether Chopin was born on Feb. 22 or March 1, Ohlsson's traversal of all four Chopin scherzos plus a nocturne and waltz as encores honored the composer regardless of his actual natal day.
April 19, 2003 |
Returning to the podium of the Los Angeles Philharmonic this week, guest conductor Ivan Fischer coaxed a willing orchestra into splendid and colorful performances of an unhackneyed program. Thursday night in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Hungarian musician caused thrills aplenty; appropriately, the audience rose to its feet more than once.
October 3, 1990 |
Chopin in Warsaw: Young pianists from 30 countries have gathered in Warsaw for the 12th Frederic Chopin Piano Competition. The winner--the best of 220 contestants--will be announced Oct. 21 and will join a list of laureates such as Martha Argerich of Argentina and Garrick Ohlsson of the United States. For the first time, contestants are being asked to pay their hotel bills to help the Solidarity-led government meet its share of the $1 million bill.