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Wednesday Mar 03, 2004

More than Notes

The pianist Garrick Ohlsson is one of the leading Chopin interpreters of our time, while also advancing the cause of American works by John Adams, Michael Hersch and Aaron Copland, among others.

I heard Ohlsson being interviewed on the radio where he spoke about his music and what it took to play from the soul. He said it’s not enough to memorize the notes . . . that won’t create magic from the music. He went on with another example. For instance, he said, although I know Hamlet’s words “To be, or not to be: that is the question . . .” I still can’t deliver that line like Laurence Olivier.

Ohlsson made his point.