in Piano International (Mar, 2017)
Wonderland kills two birds for Alice Sara Ott’s one stone: to work with Esa-Pekka Salonen, and her longstanding love of Grieg’s music. The ubiquitous Concerto has been in her repertoire for over a decade and this recording was made, after two concert performances, in January 2015 – with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra on scintillating form, beautifully recorded.
How to be original in a work (the first concerto to be recorded, indeed) that is so familiar? Some will be struck – as I was at first – by the contrast between the dynamic opening orchestral chord and the ensuing, rather languorous first solo for the piano. It sounds dangerously slow and …
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