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Falla

Magazine article Gramophone

Falla

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Falla Cuatro Piezas espanolas. El sombrero de tres picos. Canto de los remeros del Volga. El Amor brujo. Homenaje 'pour le tombeau de Claude Debussy'. Segunda Danza espanola. Fantasia Baetica Garrick Ohlsson pf Hyperion (F) CDA68177 (70' * DDD)

Garrick Ohlsson seems to be on a roll lately. He's recording more prolifically than ever and is constantly expanding his recorded repertoire. Ohlsson may not inhabit Manuel de Falla's sultry and exuberant piano-writing as Alicia de Larrocha or Javier Perianes do, yet he embraces the idiom with ease and fluidity, and leaves few small details unnoticed. In the Cuatro Piezas espanolas, for example, Ohlsson emphasises the rhythmic kick and guitar-like flourishes in both 'Aragonesa' and 'Cubana', while generating quiet tension in the desolately lyrical outer sections of 'Montanesa'. If Ohlsson slightly underplays the brash accents in 'Andaluza', he clearly relishes relentless virtuoso lefthand octaves, as one might expect from a seasoned Lisztian. Of the three pieces from El sombrero de tres picos, 'Danza de la molinera', stands out for the way his measured tempo allows the embellishments and flourishes to truly speak. …

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