Concert reviews – Mozart Piano Concerto No.13 with Antwerp Symphony Orchestra

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Marc Haegeman, 21.05.2018

“Alice Sara Ott and Edo de Waart bring magnificent Mozart and Dvořák to Antwerp”

“Alice Sara Ott brought plenty of verve and sparkle to her playing, but above all a beauty of timbre and a natural sense of balancing the composer’s varying moods. The sudden appearance of the short passages in minor keys in the outer movements were ravishing moments in her hands, greyish clouds on an otherwise joyful day, none too serious, but subtly present nonetheless. Ott is often heard as a brilliant soloist in the great, barnstorming 19th-century concertos, yet Mozart’s classical poise was well served too by her innate elegance and effortless virtuosity. She is an eye-catching artist, well-known now for her remarkable stage presence (barefooted, capering nimbly in long, beautiful gowns often reflecting the general mood of the piece) and she clearly knows how to create a rapport with an ensemble. Her frequent eye contact with other musicians and obvious delight at listening to their parts not only resulted in a shared sense of purpose, but also demonstrated her communicative joy at making music.”

Main Spitze

Dietrich Stern, 19.05.2018

“Damit schenkt er der 30-jährigen Pianistin die besten Entfaltungsmöglichkeiten für einen Mozart, der brillant perlt, sich aber niemals in überdrehtem „Amadeus“-Getue verliert. Alice Sara Ott balanciert wunderschön zwischen feiner Geläufigkeit und singender, beinahe sprachlicher Artikulation. Besonders deutlich wird das im Schluss-Rondo, wo aus spielerischem Übermut überraschend eine fast klagende, edle Empfindsamkeit erwächst. Aus der überlegenen Ruhe des Dirigenten ergeben sich zauberhafte Klang-Korrespondenzen mit dem Orchester in der kleinen Mozart-Besetzung.”



Antwerp Symphony Orchestra tour
Edo de Waart, conductor
Alice Sara Ott, piano

Mozart: Concerto for Piano No. 13 in C major, KV 415

May 14, 2018 – Philharmonie Essen
May 15, 2018 – Liederhalle Stuttgart
May 16, 2018 – Rosengarten Mannheim
May 17, 2018 – Kurhaus Wiesbaden
May 19, 2018 – Koningin Elisabethzaal Antwerp

Photo credit: Ansgar Klostermann/ Main Spitze

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