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Tchaikovsky, Liszt: First Piano Concertos / Alice Sara Ott

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>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
>Liszt, Franz : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124

Album Summary

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
>Liszt, Franz : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124
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Notes & Reviews:

Alice Sara Ott follows up the complete Chopin Waltzes - her highly successful international debut - with her first concerto recording on Deutsche Grammophon. The young artist presents two of the greatest hits in the repertoire: Tchaikovsky's and Liszt's First Piano Concertos.

Alice Sara Ott recorded this partly live (Tchaikovsky) album in her home town of Munich with the superb Munich Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Thomas Hengelbrock, known as a modern interpreter with strong ideas (and a strong work ethic).

Alice says about the Tchaikovsky: "This piece is a revolution for me. It actually contains very different perspectives on life: the melancholy and gloomy, the majestic and, then again, the bright and light, lyrical and soaring. In any case it's a challenge. A physical one, of course, but, in the end, really a mental one." A challenge she has mastered, as the Suddeutsche Zeitung confirmed: "In the midst of Tchaikovsky's avalanche of notes, Ott somehow manages to tease out the quiet passages, and with great poise to make room for lyricism and gently grazing the keys for a dreamy but distinct play of colours."

The two concertos in this album are works that have accompanied Alice Sara Ott since her early youth. She played the Liszt before an audience the first time when she was 14 and the Tchaikovsky at 17. She has an intense relationship with both works, something clearly audible in the 21-year-old pianist's vivid interpretations.

"Ott's muscular performance of the Tchaikovsky is tumultuous, relentless, inventive - utterly brilliant, in fact. And conductor Thomas Hengelbrock bolsters her view as he stokes the dramatic rhetoric and projects bold orchestral colours....Ott's youthful energy is a useful antidote to stodgy, old-school Tchaikovsky" Classic FM Magazine, November 2010 *****

"What makes these performances stand out is Ott's thoughtful approach to both concertos, eschewing empty display and bringing weight, detail and a range of colours to the solo parts. These bring their own rewards." Gramophone Magazine, November 2010

"Having demonstrated her command of the delicate intimacies and melodious melancholy of Chopin on this year's recording of his Complete Waltzes, Alice Sara Ott here goes to the opposite extreme, hammering out the melodramatic opening chords of Tchaikovsky's "Piano Concerto No 1 in B flat minor", then riding its waves of emotion with a firm hand" -The Independent, 8th October 2010 ***

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Munich , Philharmonie im Gasteig (11/2009).



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>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
  • Performer: Alice Ott (Piano)
  • Conductor: Thomas Hengelbrock
  • Running Time: 35 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1874
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Liszt, Franz : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124
  • Performer: Alice Ott (Piano)
  • Conductor: Thomas Hengelbrock
  • Running Time: 19 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1835-1856