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Ambient - Released March 26, 2012 | Erased Tapes

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 7, 2020 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released February 8, 2019 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released October 28, 2016 | Mercury (Universal France)

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Classical - Released December 13, 2019 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Ambient - Released December 7, 2009 | Erased Tapes

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Film Soundtracks - Released April 15, 2014 | Editions Milan Music

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Ambient - Released May 19, 2008 | Erased Tapes

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Ambient - Released October 29, 2007 | Erased Tapes

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Film Soundtracks - Released April 1, 2017 | Mercury (Universal France)

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Classical - Released March 16, 2015 | Mercury (Universal France)

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This week's entry in the very-much-like-nothing-you've-ever-heard-before sweepstakes comes from Icelandic electronic musician and composer Ólafur Arnalds and German-Japanese pianist Alice Sara Ott, whose recording of Chopin waltzes inspired the project. What you get are recordings of Chopin piano compositions, plus original compositions by Arnalds based on motifs from Chopin. In one case, "Eyes Shut/Nocturne in C minor" (track six), the two are combined. Arnalds' pieces employ his own electronic keyboard textures, plus a live string quintet. On top of this, the pianos are vintage instruments hunted down in Reykjavik, and the ambience, if you will, was manipulated by recording in various venues and with various microphones there. And, on top of all this, Arnalds adds ambient soundscapes (noise, sounds of conversation, whispers, etc.) to the music. The ideas seem packed in a bit thick. The string quintet, for example, was a sound unused by Chopin, and it introduces an element that seems discordant with the source material. But there is a major X factor working in favor of this release: nobody has ever tried anything much like this, either with Chopin or with any other composer, and it just might be the beginning of something new and important. Check it out and decide for yourself! © James Manheim /TiVo
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Film Soundtracks - Released January 5, 2015 | Mercury (Universal France)

This 2015 release is the first full-length soundtrack album for the ITV series Broadchurch. Expanding on the 2013 EP of season one highlights, it includes selections from the first two seasons of Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds' (Gimme Shelter, The Hunger Games) salient, BAFTA Award-winning score for the popular U.K. murder mystery show. With the exception of "So Close" and "So Far," which feature Arnór Dan on vocals, instrumentation is limited to piano, electronics, and strings, the latter recorded in a Reykjavik church for a natural reverberation. The music is widely considered to be a vital component of the show's foreboding atmosphere. © Marcy Donelson /TiVo
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Classical - Released June 14, 2019 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released April 26, 2019 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released August 30, 2019 | Mercury (Universal France)

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Alternative & Indie - To be released November 6, 2020 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Ambient - Released August 13, 2012 | Erased Tapes

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Classical - Released December 6, 2019 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 3, 2016 | Lark Recordings

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Ólafur Arnalds in the magazine
  • Olafur Arnalds : futuristic music !
    Olafur Arnalds : futuristic music ! While the artificial intelligence tasked with composing music over these past few years have not produced anything particularly poignant, the Icelander Ólafur Arnalds has initiated a new relationsh...