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Alice Sara Ott

Echoes of Life (CD)

Ships on or before August 20th, 2021.

For her tenth Deutsche Grammophon release, pianist Alice Sara Ott returns to the music of Frédéric Chopin. She approaches Chopin’s 24 Préludes op. 28 from a fresh perspective, finding a personal thread that parallels the music’s dramatic arc and wide-ranging moods. The pianist frames the Préludes within a contemporary context by interspersing them with seven works by 20th- and 21st-century composers.

“Echoes Of Life is a personal reflection on the thoughts and moments that influence and change our lives. It also portrays the journey and transformation I took to become the person and artist I see myself as today. In interpreting music from composers who, in their own time, challenged the system and redefined music, I see it as my role as a classical musician to carry this spirit forward by not insisting on reproducing bygone traditions and limitations.” – Alice Sara Ott

TRACK LIST

1 In the beginning was
Tristano, Francesco
(*1981)

2 24 Préludes op. 28
1.     Agitato (C major)
2.     Lento (A minor)
3.     Vivace (G major)
4.     Largo (E minor)
Chopin, Frédéric
(1810 – 1849)

3 Musica Ricercata, I.   Sostenuto · Misurato · Prestissimo
Ligeti, György
(1923 – 2006)

4 24 Préludes op. 28
5.     Molto allegro (D major)
6.     Lento assai (B minor)
7.     Andantino (A major)
8.     Molto agitato (F-sharp minor)
9.     Largo (E major)
Chopin, Frédéric
(1810 – 1849)

5 Valse lento molto cantabile
Rota, Nino
(1911 – 1979)

6 24 Préludes op. 28
10.   Molto allegro (C-sharp minor)
11.   Vivace (B major)
12.   Presto (G-sharp minor)
13.   Lento (F-sharp major)
14.   Allegro (E-flat minor)
15.   Sostenuto (D-flat major), 'Raindrop'
Chopin, Frédéric
(1810 – 1849)

7 Prelude in C Sharp Major
Gonzales, Chilly
(*1972)

8 24 Préludes op. 28
16.   Presto con fuoco (B-flat minor)
17.   Allegretto (A-flat major)
18.   Molto allegro (F minor)
Chopin, Frédéric
(1810 – 1849)

9 Litany (In Memory of Michael Vyner), I. Adagio
Takemitsu, Tōru
(1930 – 1996)

10 24 Préludes op. 28
19.   Vivace (E-flat major)
20.   Largo (C minor)
Chopin, Frédéric
(1810 – 1849)

11 Für Alina
Pärt, Arvo
(*1935)

12 24 Préludes op. 28
21.   Cantabile (B-flat major)
22.   Molto agitato (G minor)
23.   Moderato (F major)
24.   Allegro appassionato (D minor)
Chopin, Frédéric
(1810 – 1849)

13 Lullaby of Eternity
(Requiem in D minor, K.626: Lacrimosa arr. Ott)
Mozart, Wolfgang A.
(1756-1791)