Alice Sara Ott piano Jonas Becker

Concert Reviews – Alice Sara Ott with Royal Scottish National Orchestra

ASO Concert Reviews, News

Beethoven Concerto for Piano No.3
Royal Scottish National Orchestra and James Feddeck, conductor
Usher Hall, Edinburgh – 5 May
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall – 6 May
“Ott’s Refined Beethoven Holds Audience in the Palm of her Hand”
Simon Thompson, Seen and Heard International

“Alice Sara Ott’s refined performance of Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto”

“This was a reading where soloist and conductor seemed to be entirely on the same page, producing a musical line that was self-consciously Romantic rather than “authentically” influenced. Ott’s take on the work was almost unremittingly smooth and cultured, but that’s a compliment in this context, so utterly sympathetic and blended with the orchestra was her playing. Only in the first movement cadenza did she whip up anything like a storm, but even this was predominantly lyrical, and after a Largo of Elysian stillness, the finale was perky and actually quite fun. The orchestra, too, seemed to take a big-boned view of the work, with only the (very effective) natural timpani giving a nod to period style.

For her encore, Ott surprised us all with a performance of Für Elise that held the entire hall in the palm of her hand, and wishing it sounded this subtle every time.”

Miranda Heggie, The Herald

“German pianist Alice Sara Ott joined the orchestra to play Beethoven’s third piano concerto. Her range of tone was astounding, from clean and clear cut to melting impressionism. The passing of the melody between soloist and orchestra was seamless, Ott consistently communicating with the string section behind her.”

David Kettle, The Scotsman

“German pianist Alice Sara Ott proved a highly individual soloist in Beethoven’s serious-minded Third Piano Concerto.”
“…followed by a Für Elise so disarmingly fresh that it sounded as though she was making it up on the spot. ”

photo credit: Jonas Becker

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