Tag Archives: Alice Sara Ott

Plums and turkeys: a musical voyage around 2016

Most people I know cannot wait to see the back of 2016. But in the year in which Brexit, Trump and the Grim Reaper were the big winners, I admit to having had a terrific twelve months. A whirl of … Continue reading

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Spectacular Tchaikovsky: Alice Sara Ott fires up an old warhorse

Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov: Philharmonia/Vladimir Ashkenazy **** Royal Festival Hall, 17th November 2016 Warhorse (noun): creaky old classic played by orchestras in their sleep at least once a season. Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto no. 1 in B flat minor falls into this category. Everyone … Continue reading

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Full throttle: finger crunching pianism from Alice Sara Ott and Francesco Tristano at the QEH

Ravel, Debussy, Stravinsky/Alice Sara Ott & Francesco Tristano **** Queen Elizabeth Hall, 11th June 2015 Apart from the crunching key change near the end, the only variation in Ravel’s Boléro comes through its dynamics and its brilliantly inventive scoring. Ravel … Continue reading

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Devilishly good Mahler and Liszt from Ott, Noseda and the LSO

Liszt/Mahler: LSO/Noseda ***** Barbican Hall, 15th February 2015 A whiff of sulphur shrouded the Barbican this evening as Liszt met Mahler beneath the Mephistophelean glare of Gianandrea Noseda. The London Symphony Orchestra played like demons in a gripping reading of … Continue reading

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