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Garrick Ohlsson

16 Feb - 2 Mar 2020

2020 International Concert Season

A man, a piano, and you. Garrick Ohlsson is a revered American pianist, a master of the intimate art of the solo recital. His commanding presence – very tall, and with one of the largest handspans of any pianist – is at odds with the delicacy and finesse for which he’s famous. Half a tonne of glossy black wood and gleaming metal becomes a time machine, allowing the music of his favourite composers to speak to us with uncluttered immediacy. If you just want to hear good music beautifully performed, this is an ideal opportunity.

Program One opens with the engaging work Beethoven regarded as the best of his own early sonatas, followed by Prokofiev’s gripping first ‘War’ Sonata. Program Two highlights Brahms: Clara Schumann, the finest pianist of her age, called his late pieces ‘a true source of enjoyment, everything, poetry, passion, rapture, intimacy, full of the most marvellous effects’, and she wasn’t over-stating it. The second half of each program is all Chopin, a composer dear to Ohlsson's heart. He remains the only American to have won the Chopin Competition.

Garrick Ohlsson Piano

Presented in association with Adelaide Festival and Perth Festival

Program 1

Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne Weekday, Perth, Sydney Weekend

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

Program 2

Canberra, Melbourne Weekend, Newcastle, Sydney Weekday

BRAHMS Two rhapsodies, op 79
BRAHMS Seven Fantasias, op 116
BRAHMS Variations on a theme of Paganini, op 35 bk 2
CHOPIN Nocturne in B flat minor, op 9 no 1
CHOPIN Piano Sonata no 3 in B flat minor, op 58


Program 1 - 111 min
Program 2 - 103 min

Garrick Ohlsson, Schubert, Fantasy in C Major, D. 760 ("Der Wanderer”)


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Single tickets go on sale 5 Nov, 2019. 

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