Garrick Ohlsson: Complete Beethoven Sonatas, Vol. 6
On this disc Garrick Ohlsson plays Beethoven's towering Hammerklavier, a work the composer called my greatest, even expressing the idea that it would make pianists work creatively. Critic Jed Distler writes that Garrick Ohlsson approaches Beethoven's Hammerklavier Sonata as a harbinger of Romanticism... his rounded phrases and discreet tempo fluctuations never pull focus from the music's linear trajectory and sudden dynamic extremes. Ohlsson pinpoints the Scherzo's dotted rhythms so that they truly catch fire and effectively contrast with the enigmatic trio. He builds the great Adagio from the bottom up, letting the bass lines lead and allowing the highly ornamented right-hand melodic writing to speak on its own. This easily is the finest release in Ohlsson's ongoing Beethoven cycle, and one of the best-sounding too?
“This is an individual cycle with its own insights, highly rewarding and beautifully recorded. Ohlsoon’s characteristic warmth and fullness of tone, the velvet cantabile and the immaculate pedaling are a constant source of delight.” - International Record Review
Sonata No. 29 in B-flat Major, Op. 106 (Hammerklavier)
Sonata No. 16 in G Major, Op. 31, No. 1
Garrick Ohlsson, piano