Read Pictures album reviews from Classic FM and Die Zeit.
“John Suchet’s Album of the Week… Alice Sara Ott’s interpretation of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition captures almost an entire orchestra’s worth of musical colour and emotion in this live album, recorded at a performance in St Petersberg. Whether it’s the stately solo notes in the opening Promenade, quirky clashing moments in Gnomus, or the huge meaty chords in the Great Gate of Kiev, each movement, representing different moments on a journey round a gallery, is full of personality – and Mussorgsky’s well-known tunes are second to none.
The hefty Russian masterwork is complemented by an exuberant Schubert sonata. Again, the work, lasting just under 40 minutes, includes a wide range of musical moments – from the low growling tunes in the Scherzo, to the delicate whirling moments in the Rondo, the music shows off the best of Schubert’s compositional talents, captured by a brilliant young pianist.
Alice Sara Ott’s effortless characterisation ensures this musical roller coaster of an album is thrilling at every turn.”
“Alice Sara Ott’s 2010 recording of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No 1 in B flat minor demonstrated how capably she could handle the Russian temperament; but even so, recording Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition live in Saint Petersburg must have taken great courage and self-belief. Which was not misplaced: she negotiates the various pictures’ stylistic twists and turns with confidence and expressive brio, from the mesmerically melancholy, mist-shrouded depiction of “The Old Castle” to the coyly tiptoeing chatter of the “Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks” and the more frantic, tempestuous hubbub of “The Market at Limoges” – before arriving with due gravitas at “The Heroic Gate (in the Old Capital of Kiev)”.”
„Jung, hübsch, talentiert, beherzt: Alice Sara Ott ist die perfekte Pianistin der Gegenwart.“