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Beethoven by Alice Sara Ott
Released: Oct 2011
After critically successful recordings of Chopin and Liszt, 23-year-old German-Japanese pianist Alice Sara Ott releases her first Beethoven set with a bold agenda: demonstrating the two distinct personalities of the composer using a pair of C-major sonatas, the Op. 2 No. 3 and the Op. 53 "Waldstein." The prior of these -- light, mercurial and joyous -- was dedicated to Haydn, and the latter -- brooding and pensive -- was written near the end of his life when his hearing was failing. Ott capably bridges this divide with clean, confident playing, restraint in her pedaling and plenty of power.
Nate Cavalieri
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