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Alice Sara Ott at the Festspielhaus

Felix Mendelssohn: Variations sérieuses, Op. 54
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata #21 “Waldstein” in C Major, Op. 53
Frédéric Chopin:
Waltz in A Flat Major, Op. 34 #1
Waltz in A minor, Op. 34 #2
Waltz in F Major, Op. 34 #3
Waltz in D Flat Major, Op. 64 #1
Waltz in C Sharp minor, Op. 64 #2
Franz Liszt: Etudes d’exécution transcendante #9 “Ricordanza”, #10 “Allegro agitato”

Alice Sara Ott, piano
Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Germany, 10 July 2011

A pianist doesn’t give himself any presents when programming Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt in a virtually non-stop solo recital. Of course, the formula may already have been well-tried for 22-year Alice Sara Ott and to a large extent with such a program she was browsing her still limited CD repertoire, yet bringing these composers back to back with some of their defining works remains nonetheless a daunting prospect by any standards. Still, Alice Sara Ott isn’t the artist to avoid challenges. It seemed the shortest route to conquer the audience of the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus where she appeared for the first time. And conquer she did.
Read the full review on Classical Net