Arnalds, Olafur / Ott, Alice Sara: Chopin Project (Vinyl LP)

Arnalds, Olafur / Ott, Alice Sara: Chopin Project (Vinyl LP)


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Award-winning young Icelandic pop/classical musician Ólafur Arnalds (celebrated composer of the score for TV series Broadchurch) has always loved the piano music of Frédéric Chopin, but he d grown weary of the uniform and standardized perfection of recordings. There has been no re-invention of the way Chopin's music has been presented since recording began, and I was longing for someone to come along and try something different. And one day, on a long flight to London, I thought: why don't I do it myself? And thus, in partnership with the acclaimed German-Japanese pianist Alice Sara Ott, The Chopin Project was born. In order to achieve his aim, Arnalds developed an intimate, fragile and often charmingly imperfect sound using old/unusual/altered pianos captured on vintage recording equipment. He also employed various mixing techniques to re-enforce feelings of solitude or loneliness, and to create dreamlike ambient soundscapes. The listener should feel so close to the performer that he or she can hear each breath, or fragile touch of the keys. Verses, Piano Sonata No. 3: Largo, Nocturne in C Sharp minor (FT. Mari Samuelsen), Reminiscence, Nocturne in G minor, Eyes Shut / Nocturne in C minor, Written in Stone, Letters of a Traveller, Prélude in D Flat Major (Raindrop)