“A born Brahmsian, equipped at the highest level with the necessary speed and power … Ohlsson’s mature mastery of Brahms … is now comprehensively evident.” — BBC Music Magazine
Join us we begin a two-year journey through Brahms’ complete solo piano works by the pianist hailed for his magisterial interpretive and technical skills, and “… a sound so lush it almost glistens.” — The Seattle Times
Garrick Ohlsson begins his survey of the complete keyboard works of Brahms with the composer’s Op. 76. Written after a 13-year break from solo piano composition, agitated capriccios alternate with gentler, lyrical intermezzi. Ohlsson then leaps back to Brahms’ Op. 21, two sets of variations: the first, longer and introspective, demonstrating Brahms’ reverence of the Baroque; the second, short and brilliant, on a Hungarian folk tune. The Op. 10 Ballades are inextricably linked to Clara Schumann; their tenderness could represent a sublimation of Brahms’ feelings for her. The concert closes with the first book of the Paganini variations, which includes some of the most brilliant fireworks Brahms wrote for the piano.