Olafur Arnalds, Alice Sara Ott - The Chopin Project (2015)
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Genre: Classical | Label: Mercury | Catalog Number: 002276702
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.
Composer: Olafur Arnalds, Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Olafur Arnalds, Alice Sara Ott, Mari Samuelsen
Reviews: Incorporating purposefully vintage equipment along the lines of beaten, even sometimes out of tune instruments, Arnalds and Ott make for a chilling team, oftentimes sneaking in between the lines of Chopin's original compositions to meld together a story of their own. Finding strength in fragility and something confident in the offbeat intimacy of the worn keys of a piano melding with hushed strings, a classical, yet innovative, take on Chopin's work begins to take shape. Ott takes the reins beautifully on an unusual, old school pianos purchased solely for the development of she and Arnalds' collaboration, coming to a head with her coarsely elegant take on "Nocturne in C Minor", fusing together weightlessly with a string ensemble introduction in the form of "Eyes Shut".
They perform a remarkable rendition of "Prélude in D Flat Major", otherwise known as "Raindrop", with an emotive, soul-bearing quality simply not seen or heard of in other recent performances of the composition, almost as if both Arnalds and Ott are mere feet away from the listener, delivering their rendition specifically for them. At times, one can hear the instrumentalists rustling through their papers, mixing in with palpable breaths and creaks of the piano and retro recording equipment that craft this illusion to become much more than simply makeshift. The deliberation that the two instrumentalists had placed into the creation of The Chopin Project being as human as it possibly could be brings a feeling of organic life to the record that simply isn't heard of much in recording, period, any longer, let alone in a classical setting.
1. Verses (4:03)
2. Piano Sonata No. 3: Largo (9:17)
3. Nocturne in C-Sharp Minor (feat. Mari Samuelsen) (4:23)
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 (4:17)
9. Prélude in D-Flat Major ("Raindrop") (5:56)