Garrick Ohlsson Edition, Vol. 1
Bach and Handel
Bridge Records is proud to announce the signing of Garrick Ohlsson for a series of recordings to be released in 2006. Bridge's first Ohlsson recording is J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations, coupled with Handel's Suite No. 2 in F major. Bach's Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, is widely regarded as the most ambitious and monumental harpsichord composition of the baroque. In this brilliant reading Garrick Ohlsson performs the work without repeats, giving us the genius of Bach's invention with unflagging momentum without slighting the poignantly introspective side of Bach's singular masterpiece. Garrick Ohlsson is regarded as one of the great virtuosi currently performing on the international concert circuit. With an active repertoire of more than 80 concertos and a heavy schedule of solo and chamber recitals, Mr. Ohlsson's brilliant music making has graced the world's major concert halls ever since winning the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition. Bridge Records will be releasing Volumes 1 and 2 of Ohlsson's Beethoven Sonata cycle to coincide with the pianist's Complete Beethoven Sonata cycles at the Tanglewood and Ravinia Festivals this summer. Volume 3 of Garrick Ohlsson's Beethoven cycle will be released in September.
“Garrick Ohlsson brings considerable pianistic and musical distinction to Bach’s Goldberg Variations. He organizes his dynamics with such care and intelligence that the climax of a phrase or section always sounds grand and inevitable rather than super-sized, as his eloquently measured opening Aria and the toccata-like Variation 29 bear out. He employs ornaments sparingly, always to surprising effect.” - ClassicsToday.com
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
Suite No. 2 in F major, HWV 427
Garrick Ohlsson, piano