Bridge Records is pleased to be releasing the second of a series of Garrick Ohlsson Beethoven Sonata discs as part of its new Garrick Ohlsson Edition. Beethoven Sonatas, Vol. 2 includes an early sonata, and two of Beethovens finest later sonatas. The C-minor Sonata, Op. 111 was Beethovens last piano sonata, and as annotator Harris Goldsmith writes, it is a composition that presents "stormy elements tempered by an Olympian reserve." The popular Op. 81A Sonata "Lebewohl" was to have been a memento of the composers emotions when his pupil and loyal friend, Archduke Rudolphe, was forced to flee Austria in May of 1809 as the French besieged Vienna. The sonata was completed the following year, after the royal family was able to return. The Op. 2, No. 2 Sonata was dedicated to Beethovens teacher, Josef Haydn, and was composed in 1795-96. Though it is an early work, it is hardly an immature one, bearing many of the developmental procedures that distinguished Beethovens art from that of his contemporaries. Garrick Ohlssons readings are full of the virtuosity and passion that have marked his live performances of these works. This release coincides with the pianist's Complete Beethoven Sonata cycles at the Tanglewood and Ravinia Festivals this summer. Garrick Ohlsson is widely regarded as one of the great virtuosi currently performing on the international concert stage. With an active repertoire of more than 80 concertos, a full schedule of solo recitals and chamber music engagements, Mr. Ohlsson's brilliant music making has graced the world's concert halls ever since he won the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition.
These Garrick Ohlsson CDs are also available on Bridge: Music of Charles Wuorinen; BRIDGE 9008 Bach: Goldberg Variations; Handel: Suite No. 2; BRIDGE 9193 Beethoven Sonatas, Vol. 1: Op. 7, Op. 78, Op. 101; BRIDGE 9198