Piano Concerto
Selection of Lyric Pieces
Arrangements from the Peer Gynt Suite
Alice Sara Ott
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen
Esa-Pekka Salonen
Int. Release 09 Sep. 2016
1 CD / Download
0289 479 4631 1

Track List

Edvard Grieg (1843 - 1907)
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16


Alice Sara Ott, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Esa-Pekka Salonen

Lyric Pieces Book X, Op.71

Lyric Pieces Book III, Op. 43


Lyric Pieces Book I, Op.12


Peer Gynt Suite No. 2, Op. 55

Lyric Pieces Book I, Op.12


Lyric Pieces Book III, Op. 43


Lyric Pieces Book V, Op.54


Lyric Pieces Book VII, Op.62


Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46

Lyric Pieces Book VIII, Op.65


Alice Sara Ott

Total Playing Time 1:06:10

. . . brilliant young pianist Alice Sara Ott takes us on a journey into the world of Edvard Grieg, complete with mountain trolls and elves, hills and fjords . . . the piece de resistance is Grieg's piano concerto in A minor, for which she is supported brilliantly by the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, under the acclaimed conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen.

. . . [Grieg / Piano Concerto]: elegantly phrased by Ott and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen . . . in the miniatures there's a very present quality to both Ott's playing and the recorded sound . . .

Esa-Pekka Salonen and the superb Bavarians carry the Concerto, providing one of the most sumptuous, vibrant and finely honed accompaniments imaginable. Cello, flute, oboe, bassoon and horn solos are each more ravishing than the last . . . Most successful is the Adagio, with some nice interplay between soloist and orchestra . . . the "Lyric Pieces" exude a genuine charm . . . DG's characteristically luxurious sound reproduction is a big factor in the disc's appeal.

Alice Sara Ott's account of Grieg's piano concerto is hugely impressive, a taut gripping performance of immense bravura that brings out all the drama and pathos in the music. The sound is magnificent too . . . Ott's playing is technically brilliant . . . the recording is technically good -- clean, bright and forward, with impressive attack . . .

To add to the sum total of interpretive knowledge for the Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16, is a tall order, but Ott delivers here in a live performance with the Bavarian Radio Symphony under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen. From her brilliant first note, her reading is a series of sharp markers filled in with liquid, lyrical episodes. The whole thing is carefully shaped, yet has the essential energy of live performance. In the short selections from the various books of "Lyric Pieces" and from the "Peer Gynt" Suite . . . her gossamer, web-like technique in lyrical passages is never less than enjoyable to hear. There are reasons for the buzz surrounding this young artist, and this well-recorded program is an excellent place to start exploring what those reasons are.

. . . in this fabulous recording, the brilliant young pianist Alice Sara Ott takes us on a journey into the world of Edvard Grieg, complete with mountain trolls and elves, hills and fjords.

. . . [listeners] can take the performance at face value, admiring Ott's assured technique, the accomplished orchestral playing, and DG's excellent engineering . . . On their own terms, Ott's performances make their mark.

[Grieg / Piano Concerto]: Alice Sara Ott gives a strong-centred account with plenty of power and flair; and she is much blessed to have as her companions the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, sounding fabulous under Esa-Pekka Salonen with radiant tone and the textures shimmering with detail. In the selection of "Lyric Pieces" and some numbers from "Peer Gynt", Ott displays a good range of expression, conjuring deep lyricism for "Solveig's Song", and light, glittering fingerwork for the regrettably titled "March of the Trolls" . . . The recorded sound quality makes the most of all that her tone and the orchestra's have to offer.

. . . [Ott's recording of the Concerto was made] with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra on scintillating form, beautifully recorded . . . [the selection of "Lyric Pieces"] together with two movements from "Peer Gynt" makes a lovely follow-on, embracing the very different wonderland of Grieg's miniatures . . . nicely played . . .

. . . [this album] is a beautiful snapshot of the brilliance of Grieg's extensive piano output and perfect for anyone wanting to experience his music for the first time . . . [Grieg / Piano Concerto]: Ott takes a measured approach in the early stages allowing the listener to commune with the A minor harmonies of the piano flourishes . . . the second theme provides a moment of clarity exquisitely brought out by the string section . . . Ott's playing is clear and colourful throughout without being heavy-handed or banal . . . both pianist and orchestra shine with some wonderful interplay . . . [Salonen] gives Ott plenty of scope and time to wield its triumphant elegance and grandeur. This is the silver lining to a refreshingly joyful account of Grieg's timeless signature work . . . This album is very highly recommended.

. . . [Grieg / Piano Concerto]: [Alice Sara Ott im Teamwork mit Esa-Pekka Salonen meidet] aufgesetzte Pathos . . . Zudem, und das ist das grosse Plus dieses Konzertmitschnitts, bringt sie den Klavierpart bis in mikroskopische Verästelungen sozusagen röntgenscharf zum Klingen. Dadurch unterstreicht sie den lyrisch-genrehaften Charakter des Werks auf höchst einfühlsame, kompetente Weise . . . eine sehr fingerflinke Interpretin. Vor allem die Klarheit ihres Spiels überzeugt und begeistert -- da werden selbst im Binnenbereich Akzente gesetzt, die man so (oder so klar) noch nicht gehört hat. Esa-Pekka zieht voll am selben Strang: auch hier keine grossorchestralen Sentimentalitäten, sondern viel vitaler Schwung und ein Höchstmass an instrumentaler Transparenz . . . So lässt man sich das alte Schlachtross gerne gefallen.

Alice Sara Ott en donne une version classique, respectueuse, peu larmoyante . . . Une version recommandable . . . un bel hommage au plus célèbre des compositeurs norvégiens.

  • Alice Sara Ott - Wonderland (Making Of)

    On her new album Alice Sara Ott takes us into the world of mountain trolls and elves, hills and fjords through a selection of Grieg’s works – his Lyric Pieces, as well as through selected piano versions of pieces from the Peer Gynt Suites, and one of the most famous works of piano literature: Grieg’s piano concerto in A minor, for which she teams up with one of the top orchestras, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, under star conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen at a live recording.