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      A French Connection

      Garrick Ohlsson

      Garrick Ohlsson

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      Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849)
      Barcarolle in F-Sharp Major, Op. 60

      Garrick Ohlsson, piano*

      Garrick Ohlsson lights up, offering a flurry of adjectives when he speaks of Santa Fe, “It’s a beautiful, special and wonderful place; [the players are] all very good, and [artistic director Marc Neikrug’s programming] is non-hackneyed.”

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      Chopin’s Barcarolle in F-sharp Major gets its name from the Italian word “barca,” or “boat.” The 12/8 meter invokes the gentle rocking of Venetian gondolas—at least at first. When host Kerry Frumkin spoke with the Festival’s artistic director, Marc Neikrug, they agreed that Chopin took whatever this form was, and as he so often did, went well beyond it.

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      *Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival 2013 Artist-in-Residence

      Ernest Chausson (1855-1899)
      Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet in D major, Op. 21

      William Preucil, violin
      Garrick Ohlsson, piano
      Orion String Quartet
      Daniel Phillips and Todd Phillips, violin
      Steven Tenenbom, viola
      Timothy Eddy, cello

      Garrick Ohlsson finds the Chausson Concerto for violin, piano and string quartet to be a “gorgeous piece; and tremendously difficult, and very rewarding, and very lush, and melodramatic, and beautiful, and ecstatic.”

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      During his conversation with host Kerry Frumkin, Garrick Ohlsson described Chausson as a very serious-minded composer, a French Wagnerian. “He didn’t try to seduce by pleasant lyricism, although there’s beautiful lyricism in his pieces.”
      Ohlsson grins, “There’s lots of purple prose passages, which I don’t mind a bit.”

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      Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 8:00 pm

      A French Connection

      Chopin: Barcarolle in F-Sharp Major, Op. 60
      Garrick Ohlsson, piano*

      Chausson: Concert for violin, piano and string quartet in D Major, Op. 21
      William Preucil, violin
      Garrick Ohlsson, piano*
      Orion String Quartet
      Daniel Phillips and Todd Phillips, violin
      Steven Tenenbom, viola
      Timothy Eddy, cello

      *Garrick Ohlsson is the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival 2013 Artist-in-Residence

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