Concert Review – Alice Sara Ott at BBC Proms

ASO Concert Reviews

Nick Kimberley
London Evening Standard

“Grieg’s Piano Concerto starts big and builds from there. For some, its sound and fury signify not much at all but soloist Alice Sara Ott brought thoughtful engagement and a pleasingly warm tone to the piece. Quiet passages had a crystalline purity, and while she had ample power for the music’s many tempests, she didn’t use muscle just for the sake of it. In fact, her strength allowed a glorious flexibility in her rhythmic attack, so that she seemed to be playing both with and against the orchestra.”

Andrew Clements
The Guardian

“The piano concerto that came between the symphonies was Grieg’s, with the young German-Japanese Alice Sara Ott as soloist, making her Proms debut. While it was good to hear live the qualities that shine through on Ott’s recordings – the crystalline tone and prodigious range of colour, the perfectly even, crisp technique – the Grieg gives the soloist less interpretative latitude than many concertos, and it was a dazzling encore, Liszt’s La Campanella, that displayed Ott’s remarkable talent most convincingly.”
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