Garrick Ohlsson, pianist
Ohlsson's greatest achievement was his focus on voicing all lines to achieve absolute clarity. Consequently, his sparing use of the damper pedal nicely suited Strathmore's wet acoustic, especially in the Chopin that composed the second half of the program. The Barcarolle was so flawless that it made the abundance of fingerprints and dirt on the ebony Steinway most unsightly.
Joe Banno, Garrick Ohlsson at Strathmore Hall (Washington Post, November 10)
The next concert in the WPAS series will feature John Eliot Gardiner and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, in an all-Beethoven program (November 19, 3 pm).