Wonderland album reviews

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Read Wonderland album reviews from BBC Music Magazine, The Guardian, Hi-Fi Choice, Classic FM, AllMusic, Opera World and SoundsLikeSydney.

BBC Music Magazine

Jessica Duchen

Performance Recording
“Alice Sara Ott gives a strong-centred account with plenty of power and flair.”
“Ott displays a good range of expression, conjuring deep lyricism […] and light, glittering finger work.”

AllMusic

James Manheim


“From her brilliant first note, her reading is a series of sharp markers filled in with liquid, lyrical episodes.”
“…her gossamer, web-like technique in lyrical passages is never less than enjoyable to hear. There are reasons for the buzz surrounding this young artist, and this well-recorded program is an excellent place to start exploring what those reasons are.”

SoundsLikeSydney

Shamistha de Soysa

“Ott combines her brilliance with a sensitivity to the long melodic lines.”
“With this album Ott has given us a fresh look at Grieg’s piano music and his Piano Concerto in particular.”

Classic FM

“…in this fabulous recording, the brilliant young pianist Alice Sara Ott takes us on a journey into the world of Edvard Grieg, complete with mountain trolls and elves, hills and fjords.”

Hi-Fi Choice

Jimmy Hughes

“Alice Sara Ott’s account of Grieg’s piano concerto is hugely impressive, a taut gripping performance of immense bravura that brings out all the drama and pathos in the music. The sound is magnificent too…Ott’s playing is technically brilliant … the recording is technically good — clean, bright and forward, with impressive attack …”

The Guardian

Erica Jeal

“…[Grieg / Piano Concerto]: elegantly phrased by Ott and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen … in the miniatures there’s a very present quality to both Ott’s playing and the recorded sound …”

Opera World

“Con variedad en las sensaciones, desde piezas líricas y recogidas a otras animadas e inquietantes o con aires alegres y casi juguetones, utilizar con musicalidad la dinámica y la agógica pasa a ser un aspecto fundamental para ser convincente y, sin duda Alice Sara Ott lo consigue, además de darle un aire expresivo muy acertado a las piezas. Siempre con musicalidad y buen gusto, la pianista saca un gran rendimiento de estas sencillas piezas de clara estética romántica en las que el compositor demuestra su gran personalidad , llena de fantasía e imaginación. Todo un acierto llamar a este disco Wonderland pues en él, y con un gran trabajo de Alice Sara Ott, percibimos el maravilloso mundo de Grieg.”
“Creciendo en intensidad y fuerza pero sin abandonar nunca el lirismo, jugando de forma muy expresiva con la dinámica, la interpretación de Ott está llena de expresividad y musicalidad, siendo de nuevo muy buena la coordinación con la orquesta, muy bien llevada por Esa-Pekka Salonen… ”


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