Garrick Ohlsson

Chopin: Préludes & Nocturnes

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Before he recorded the just-about-complete piano works of Chopin for Arabesque -- he included all the solo, concerted, and chamber works but somehow missed the songs -- Garrick Ohlsson recorded Chopin's Préludes & Nocturnes for EMI. For listeners who already know and love Ohlsson's later recordings, no more need be said. The integrity, the intensity, the virtuosity, and above all the imperious strength of Ohlsson's approach to Chopin's Préludes & Nocturnes are just as evident in these late-'70s recordings as in the early-'90s recordings, the primary difference being that Ohlsson's playing in the '70s was more impulsive than in the '90s. For listeners who prefer a more elegant, more nuanced, more introverted, and above all more sensual approach to Chopin, Ohlsson's earlier recordings, like Ohlsson's later recordings, will seem finicky, fussy, shallow, and, for all his power, seriously lacking in sensitivity or profundity. For them, the primary difference between the two recordings will be that EMI gives Ohlsson a warmer but mushier acoustic while Arabesque gives him a cleaner but more clattering acoustic.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Preludes (24) for piano, Op. 28, CT. 166-189
1
00:50
2
02:45
3
00:51
4
02:02
5
00:35
6
02:08
7
00:43
8
01:51
9
01:30
10
00:29
11
00:39
12
01:03
13
03:42
14
00:29
15
05:00
16
01:08 Amazon
17
03:18
18
00:57
19
01:13
20
01:34
21
01:53
22
00:51
23
01:05
24
02:27
25
05:02
26
00:52
27
05:23
28
04:10
29
05:43
30
04:12
31
03:37
32
03:56
33
04:53
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