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Wonderful, but not for the traditionalist.
on February 19, 2012
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.