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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Vol 3 / Garrick Ohlsson

Release Date: 10/24/2006 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9207   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

2008 Grammy Winner! - "Best Instrumental Soloist Performance"

The god of inspiration sprints hand in hand with Garrick Ohlsson as the pianist nears completion of his Beethoven sonata cycle. The present disc opens with one of Op. 2 No. 3's finest recorded performances. Ohlsson's lean, propulsive first movement incorporates distinctly contrasted themes and subtle tempo modifications. Everything hangs together so well that when Ohlsson leans on the accelerator for the movement's final octave outburst the effect is conclusive rather than vulgar.

Ohlsson also plays Op. 14 No. 1 beautifully, bringing a refreshingly terse quality to the Allegretto by underlining its sudden dynamic shifts. The pianist's
Read more genial, expansive account of Op. 14 No. 2's opening movement evokes memories of Claudio Arrau's likeminded mid-1960s recording, yet Ohlsson stresses different details, such as the left hand's chromatic broken octaves. Ohlsson's crisp yet full-bodied shaping of the second movement's detached chords brings out the music's Haydn-like wit, to say nothing of the finale's aptly timed, elegant fingerwork.

Excellent sound and notes.

-- Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com

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Works on This Recording

Sonata for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 2 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794-1795; Vienna, Austria 
Sonata for Piano no 9 in E major, Op. 14 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1798; Vienna, Austria 
Sonata for Piano no 10 in G major, Op. 14 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1799; Vienna, Austria 
Sonata for Piano no 25 in G major, Op. 79 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 

Featured Sound Samples

Piano Sonata no 3: IV. Assai allegro
Piano Sonata no 10: I. Allegro
Piano Sonata no 25: III. Vivace

Customer Reviews

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 ONLY ONE I'VE HEARD August 23, 2016 By David S.  . (Louisville, KY) See All My Reviews "Ohlsson's performance of the E Major Sonata is the only one I've ever heard which captures the perfect tempi and nuances -- particularly in the second movement which can sound so very prosaic without the kind of musicianship Ohlsson has. I'd recommend the album if only for this one movement!" Report Abuse
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