“Alice Sara Ott brought technical brilliance and greater cohesion to her programme of Grieg...” Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 18 October 2017
- Beethoven Egmont Overture
- Grieg Piano Concerto
- Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3, “Scottish”
From the concert halls of Europe to the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor has always been a hit with the crowds. An instant success when it premiered in 1869, the concerto quickly took its place in the classical music repertoire. It crossed over to rock ’n’ roll in 1961, when jazz artist Jimmy Wisner created the top-10 single “Asia Minor” by playing an excerpt from the first movement on a cheap piano in boogie-woogie style. After recording the concerto on her 2016 album Wonderland — praised by the BBC for “deep lyricism and light, glittering finger work,” — 29-year-old Alice Sara Ott regales the NAC audience with this perennial favourite.