Garrick Ohlsson's emerging Beethoven series may turn out to be the best Beethoven playing in this generation. Quite literally, every note, every firguration, every prhase, every run and chord is effortlessly shaped so that one hears it as if for the first time. But this is not a mannered and fussy approach. Ohlsson's astonishing care is always at the service of the unfolding musical narrative, the movement's shape and temporal unfolding. Most remarkable each sonata and each movement in Ohlsson's hands becomes a completely distinct and inimitable musical utterance. Beethoven's unstinting expression of new ideas, new ways to think in music, new ideas, new formal arrangements--has never been as clear to me before from any other pianist. Even the most saturated of Beethoven listeners will discover fresh insights from these performances.