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Chopin: Complete Waltzes

Alice Sara Ott , Frederic Francois Chopin Audio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Waltz No.1 In E Flat, Op.18 -''Grande Valse Brillante'' 5:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Waltz No.2 In A Flat, Op.34 No.1 - ''Valse Brillante'' 5:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Waltz No.3 In A Minor, Op.34 No.2 5:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Waltz No.4 In F, Op.34 No.3 2:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Waltz No.5 In A Flat, Op.42 - ''Grande Valse'' 3:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Waltz No.6 In D Flat, Op.64 No.1 -''Minute'' 1:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Waltz No.7 In C Sharp Minor, Op.64 No.2 3:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Waltz No.8 In A Flat, Op.64 No.3 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Waltz No.9 In A Flat, Op.69 No.1 -''Farewell'' 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Waltz No.10 In B Minor, Op.69 No.2 3:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Waltz No.11 In G Flat, Op.70 No.1 1:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Waltz No.12 In F Minor/A Flat, Op.70 No.2 1:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Waltz No.13 In D Flat, Op.70 No.3 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Chopin: Waltz In A Flat Opus Posth. Kk4A No.13 1:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Chopin: Waltz In E Flat Opus Posth. Kk4b No.10 - Sostenuto 1:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Chopin: Waltz In E Flat Opus Posth. Kk4A No.14 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Chopin: Waltz In E Opus Posth. Kk4A No.12 2:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Chopin: Waltz In E Minor Opus Posth. Kk4A No.15 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Chopin: Waltz In A Minor Opus Posth. Kk4B No.11 - Allegretto 2:00$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Composer: Frederic Francois Chopin
  • Audio CD (January 26, 2010)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B002WHTGC2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,603 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"I've always been fascinated by Chopin's waltzes. He composed them all through his life, from early youth until shortly before his death. His whole life and his personality are reflected in the waltzes...They say that home isn't a place but a feeling. I can identify with how torn Chopin felt, because I also grew up and live between two cultures. Neither in Germany nor in Japan do I have a proper homeland. In both countries I'm regarded as a foreigner. For me, too, music is the only place where I really feel at home."--Alice Sara Ott

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42 of 50 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Odd Chopin from Ott June 11, 2010
Format:Audio CD
I write this review knowing I'll get many "unhelpful" votes, and at the risk of coming off like a grumpy old man. But, here goes.

What the heck has happened to Deutsche Grammophon? There was a time when DG was considered the sui generis of Classical labels, with an artist roster than ran the gamut from Bernstein to Karajan and Horowitz to Pollini. Now, their fortunes have sunk to the degree that even Lang Lang (after forcing Yundi Li from the label) has jumped ship for the crossover label, Sony.

I'd never heard of Alice Sara Ott before encountering this recording, despite my keen interest in piano performance. Her sole claim to fame is winning First Prize at a very minor piano competition in 2004. Her technique is serviceable to the extent that she can play the notes evenly, and control a crescendo or diminuendo with reasonable accuracy.

In the "Golden Age", one could easily tell a pianist by his/her individual sound and approach to the music. By the latter half of the 20th Century, that was less & less the case, as the purist approach and interpretive anonymity became fetishized. Now, the pendulum has swung back - and how. There is a growing trend in Classical music performance and Ms. Ott is part of it: with the endless duplication of recorded repertoire, musicians are becoming desperate to distinguish themselves from their peers. It seems musicians are offering increasingly bizarre interpretations not for personal expression, but to be different for the sake of being different.

Take, for example, Ms. Ott's performance of the Waltz in A-flat, Op.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, but not for the traditionalist. February 19, 2012
By Santa
Format:Audio CD
To start with, I immediately thought this recording was outstanding and original. My wife started giggling with glee when it had been on for a minute or two. It put so much vigor and originality into what had been tired repertoire that was often played on girls' music boxes with little loss of originality. Play Ott next to Rubenstein and hear the difference in style. It is radical. It sparks.
Is Ott's a replacement for the classic interpretations? No. Her's are modernizations or up grades or departures. Lipitti or Moravec still do the work best "straight up." But that is how I have heard Chopin for my entire life. Ott demolishes what had been the taxidermy of Chopin. For those of us who labored over Chopin in piano lessons, she makes the waltzes daring, and, for lack of a better word, "fun." I hope like crazy that in the next ten years she turns out to be another Glenn Gould. That is a great deal to expect of Ott, but it does cross my mind occasionally.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars poetic chopin excellently played and recorded January 26, 2010
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Alice Sara Ott was born in Munich in 1988 and is said to have a strong following in Europe and Japan. In this recital she plays all the 19 Chopin waltzes; this includes some youthful works that are of minor interest. I am pleased to report that Ms Ott gives excellent renditions of these compositions. Her technique and phrasing are immaculate and her playing is thoughtful, poetic and truthful to the spirit of the music. She additionally brings an appropriate brio to the waltzes when required. This version has the advantage of having a warm, detailed and exceptionally realistic recorded sound.

There have been two other recent issues of the Chopin Waltzes; I found that the Stephen Bishop Kovacevic performance failed to hold my interest and snippets of the Fliter/EMI that I have heard revealed inferior sound compared with Ott's. Going back to the venerable Lipatti and Rubinstein versions one encounters a world of natural, idiomatic elegance that seems to elude modern pianists. Nevertheless, I can recommend Alice Sara Ott's new DG issue for those seeking a modern reading of the waltzes and await her further recordings with interest.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Alice Sara Ott is the most recent recruit in the DG pool of potential new pianist stars. The DG website focuses on all the various competitions she has won, since seven years of age. Against this background, one would presume she is an accomplished technician--and judging from her Liszt Etudes (her debut album of nearly a year ago, although Amazon's release date strangely has yet to occur) and La Campanella (readily available on YouTube), her technique is certainly secure enough already.

Nonetheless, in Chopin's Waltzes, technical prowess does not help much to crack these refined Viennese-Parisian nuts. Still, this is more or less solely what Ott falls back on, combined with the most freely applied rubato conceivable--well, freely here meaning erratically: There is simply no way to anticipate Ott's tempo manipulations (often amounting to a handful per phrase) as they do not stem organically from the musical flow but rather her own will. Therefore, these ears find it very hard to follow Ott's Waltzes, which are neither dancing nor singing but very much fumbling.

To sum up, it would not be unfair to say that the Chopin Waltzes make up something of a Wonderland to young Alice, where she gets very lost over the course of the 57 minutes she spends trying to make sense of Chopin's elusive 3/4 landscape. My prediction is that Miss Ott will need to stick to more outwardly virtuosic repertoire in order to keep her desirable recording contract; her musical palette has yet to mature for Chopin.

REFERENCES: Ohlsson, Ashkenazy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Chopin, clear recording
What makes Ott's Chopin musically valid is that she avoids BANGING the keyboard, there is a graceful lilt, parlor room suave quality, lyrical exploration, excellent fingering and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by RLB
5.0 out of 5 stars Listenable Chopin
Heard this crisp rendition of Chopin waltzes on a Delta flight between Detroit and LA. Alice Ott's fingers were nimble and the recording was good enough that you could actually... Read more
Published on July 30, 2011 by Charles B. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a real pianist, again.
Finally, a pianist who, like Paderewski and Gould, listens to her music while she plays.
God bless you, Alice Sara, your notes have the emotional sincerity of Andrea Del... Read more
Published on July 10, 2010 by Vanvitelli
1.0 out of 5 stars Ott plays the Chopin Waltzes: Hope you've got a strong stomach!
So I'm not even going to lie to you about this. Yeah, I was pretty impressed with Alice Sara Ott's Liszt Transcendental Etudes, her debut on disc. Read more
Published on April 5, 2010 by I. S. Errasuriz-Etxaurren
3.0 out of 5 stars Relaxing and beautiful, but not for the ballroom.
Young Ms. Ott has a very clear and beautiful articulation in this set of Chopin Waltzes.
They are not shallow readings, and the recording abounds in youthful musicality. Read more
Published on February 4, 2010 by A. F. S. Mui
3.0 out of 5 stars Sensitive, restrained, thoughtful Chopin -- but there's little...
In an interview Alice Sara Ott, who is of German and Japanese parentage, says that she sometimes feels confused poised between two cultures. Read more
Published on January 31, 2010 by Santa Fe Listener
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