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Ólafur Arnalds & Alice Sara Ott
The Chopin Project

Ólafur Arnalds & Alice Sara Ott — The Chopin Project (16th March 2015)

 Ólafur Arnalds & Alice Sara Ott — The Chopin Project Ólafur Arnalds & Alice Sara Ott — The Chopin Project Δ   Icelandic multi–instrumentalist, composer, and producer; scored Sam Levinson's 2011 film Another Happy Day. Award–winning young Icelandic pop/classical musician Olafur Arnalds uses a radical new approach to recording the music of Chopin. Arnalds developed an intimate, fragile and often charmingly imperfect sound using old/unusual/altered pianos captured on vintage recording equipment and various mixing techniques to re–enforce feelings of solitude or loneliness, and to create dreamlike ambient soundscapes. Pianist Alice Sara Ott joins and Olafur has composed new works to link the album together.
Born: November 3, 1986 in Mosfellsbaer, Iceland
Δ   Alice Sara Ott is a German pianist who specializes in the Romantic repertoire of Beethoven, Liszt, and Chopin.
Born: 1988 in Munich, Germany
Location: Mosfellsbaer, Iceland / Munich, Germany
Composer:  Olafur Arnalds,  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Olafur Arnalds,  Alice Sara Ott,  Mari Samuelsen
Album release: 16th March 2015
Record Label: Mercury Classics
Duration: 45:06
1. Verses      4:03
2. Piano Sonata No. 3: Largo      9:17
3. Nocturne in C–Sharp Minor (feat. Mari Samuelsen)      4:24
4. Reminiscence      4:28
5. Nocturne in G Minor      3:01
6. Eyes Shut — Nocturne in C Minor      6:41
7. Written in Stone      3:27
8. Letters Of A Traveller      4:18
9. Prélude in D–Flat Major (“Raindrop”)      5:57
Δ   Alice Sara Ott (piano)
Δ   Ólafur Arnalds
Works on This Recording
01. Verses by Ólafur Arnalds
Performer:  Ólafur Arnalds (Synthesizer), Alice Sara Ott (Piano)
02. Sonata for Piano no 3 in B minor, B 155/Op. 58: 3rd movement, Largo by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ólafur Arnalds (Synthesizer), Alice Sara Ott (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1844; Paris, France
03. Nocturne for Piano in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ólafur Arnalds (Synthesizer), Alice Sara Ott (Piano), Mari Samuelsen (Violin)
Period: Romantic
04. Reminiscence by Olafur Arnalds
Performer:  Ólafur Arnalds (Synthesizer), Alice Sara Ott (Piano)
05. Nocturne for Piano in G minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ólafur Arnalds (Synthesizer), Alice Sara Ott (Piano)
06. Eyes Shut by Olafur Arnalds
Performer:  Olafur Arnalds (Synthesizer), Alice Sara Ott (Piano)
07. Nocturne for Piano in C minor, B 108 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ólafur Arnalds (Synthesizer), Alice Sara Ott (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1837; Paris, France
08. Written in Stone by Olafur Arnalds
Performer:  Ólafur Arnalds (Synthesizer), Alice Sara Ott (Piano)
09. Letters of a Traveller by Olafur Arnalds
Performer:  Ólafur Arnalds (Synthesizer), Alice Sara Ott (Piano)
10. Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 15 in D flat major "Raindrop" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ólafur Arnalds (Synthesizer), Alice Sara Ott (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1838–1839; Paris, France
Δ   The music of Frédéric Chopin has been recorded hundreds of times before. But never like this.
Δ   The Chopin Project brings together award–winning young Icelandic pop/classical musician Ólafur Arnalds and the acclaimed German–Japanese pianist Alice Sara Ott for an exciting new take on Chopin’s music.
Δ   Always a keen experimenter and innovator, Arnalds has constantly pushed the boundaries of music.
Δ   With The Chopin Projecthe not only reworks the beautiful melodies of Chopin but also reimagines the traditional recording style of classical piano music. Ott’s performances were recorded on a variety of pianos in different locations in Reykjavik, using vintage equipment to create a very close–up and intimate texture of sound.
:: http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/r/Mercury/4811486                               
Artist Biography by Robert Cummings
Δ   Unlike many child prodigies whose early laurels augur a world–class career that goes ultimately unrealized, pianist Alice Sara Ott has delivered on her promise with countless acclaimed performances at major concert venues across the globe and an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon. Moreover, she is one of those rare artists whose string of international successes began before she reached her 21st birthday. Her first recording, Liszt's challenging Transcendental Etudes, appeared in 2008, the year she debuted to acclaim in New York at the Yamaha Artist Center in an all–Liszt program. Besides works by Liszt, Ott performs many other standards by J.S. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Ravel, Rachmaninov, and others. Ott also regularly performs chamber music with such artists as cellists Jan Vogler and Gustav Rivinius, violist Tadjana Masurenko, percussionist Peter Sadlo, and other notables. Ott has also appeared at major music festivals, including the Lucerne, Schleswig–Holstein, and Piano Festival Ruhr.
Δ   Alice Sara Ott was born in Munich, Germany, in 1988 to a German father and Japanese mother. She began piano lessons at four years of age, and at seven she won the Jugend Musiziert Competition in Germany. Other important competition victories followed and at 12 Ott began studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with Karl–Heinz Kämmerling.
Δ   In 2002, at the Hamamatsu International Piano Academy Competition in Japan, Ott became the youngest finalist (age 13) in the contest's history and received the Most Promising Artist Award. Further competition successes ensued, including first prizes at the 2003 Bach Competition in Köthen, Germany, and the 2004 Pianello Val Tidone Competition in Italy.
Δ   Ott's 2005 performance of the Tchaikovsky First Concerto with the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra drew rave reviews and bolstered her burgeoning career in Japan. Δ   She was making headway in Europe, too, as evidenced by her acclaimed 2006 performance of the Ravel G major Concerto in Zurich with the Tonhalle Orchestra under David Zinman.
Δ   By 2008 she was major international presence, an artist unafriad to take on challenges: Ott accepted the daunting task of substituting for Murray Perahia in Basle, Switzerland, and her performances in a program of Liszt and Beethoven drew a standing ovation. Ott’s 2009 tours of Japan with the Kiev Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa garnered critical acclaim, and her performance of the Tchaikovsky First Concerto with the Munich Philharmonic under Thomas Hengelbrock was recorded live by DG for release in 2010.
Δ   2010 was also the year her disc of Chopin waltzes was issued to great acclaim. Ott also made notable appearances that year with the major symphony orchestras of Cincinnati, San Francisco, Stockholm, and Tokyo, and gave recitals at major concert venues in Istanbul, Paris, Vienna, and Lucerne. Ott’s 2011 CD of Beethoven’s Sonata No. 3 and No. 21 and other Beethoven works, again drew critical plaudits. Her busy 2012 concert schedule began with a tour of Japan in performances of the Beethoven Fifth Concerto in Ishikawa, Toyama, Ósaka, Sapporo, and other cities, with Michiyoshi Inoue leading the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa.
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fv_4zWwUwn4        

Ólafur Arnalds & Alice Sara Ott
The Chopin Project