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Alice Sara Ott|Echoes Of Life (Deluxe Edition)

Echoes Of Life (Deluxe Edition)

Alice Sara Ott

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Pianist Alice Sara Ott offers a complete set of Chopin's preludes for piano here, in order, but framed and interspersed with short contemporary piano compositions. These appear at the beginning and end (the latter composed by Ott) and then after each group of four preludes. The concept isn't one that Chopin or Liszt would have found too unfamiliar, and Ott is a strong Chopin pianist with the ability to draw listeners in without being excessive about tempo rubato. Try one of the famous pieces like the Prelude No. 4 in E minor, Op. 28, No. 4, which has a fresh feeling despite the work's ubiquity. Ott suggests extramusical associations for both the Chopin pieces and the modern works, and while, of course, her reactions are her own, it may be that this device works a bit less well for the preludes than for Chopin's works in other genres. More than other Chopin works, the preludes are intricately technical pieces, with some of the most daring harmonic moves in the whole Chopin canon. In this technical sense, though, Ott's program succeeds beautifully. In her hands, the range of Chopin's influence in the 20th century is revealed to be startlingly wide, extending from the cinematic semi-pop of Nino Rota and Chilly Gonzales to Ligeti's modernism to Arvo Pärt's minimalism. The whole program has a delightful sense that one is exploring Chopin and then pausing periodically to look forward in time as if to see what hidden secrets time might reveal in his music. A typically imaginative release from this fine pianist.

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1
In The Beginning Was
00:04:16

Alice Sara Ott, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer - Francesco Tristano, Composer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

24 Preludes, Op. 28 (Frédéric Chopin)

2
No. 1 in C Major. Agitato
00:00:36

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Alice Sara Ott, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

3
No. 2 in A Minor. Lento
00:02:44

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Alice Sara Ott, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

4
No. 3 in G Major. Vivace
00:00:57

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Alice Sara Ott, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

5
No. 4 in E Minor. Largo
00:02:13

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Alice Sara Ott, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Musica ricercata (György Ligeti)

6
I. Sostenuto. Misurato. Prestissimo
00:02:26

Gyorgy Ligeti, Composer - Alice Sara Ott, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

24 Preludes, Op. 28 (Frédéric Chopin)

7
No. 5 in D Major. Molto allegro
00:00:40

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Alice Sara Ott, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

8
No. 6 in B Minor. Lento assai
00:02:09

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Alice Sara Ott, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

9
No. 7 in A Major. Andantino
00:00:42

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Alice Sara Ott, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

10
No. 8 in F Sharp Minor. Molto agitato
00:01:58

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Alice Sara Ott, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

11
No. 9 in E Major. Largo
00:01:58

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Alice Sara Ott, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

12
Valzer
00:02:51

Nino Rota, Composer - Alice Sara Ott, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

13
No. 10 in C Sharp Minor. Molto allegro
00:00:33

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Alice Sara Ott, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

14
No. 11 in B Major. Vivace
00:00:39

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Alice Sara Ott, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

15
No. 12 in G Sharp Minor. Presto
00:01:28

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Alice Sara Ott, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

16
No. 13 in F Sharp Minor. Lento
00:02:54

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Alice Sara Ott, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

17
No. 14 in E Flat Minor. Allegro
00:00:30

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Alice Sara Ott, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

18
No. 15 in D Flat Major. Sostenuto "Raindrop"
00:06:19

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Alice Sara Ott, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

19
Prelude in C Sharp Major
00:03:02

Alice Sara Ott, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer - CHILLY GONZALES, Composer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

20
No. 16 in B Flat Minor. Presto con fuoco
00:01:16

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Alice Sara Ott, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

21
No. 17 in A Flat Major. Allegretto
00:03:54

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Alice Sara Ott, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

22
No. 18 in C Minor. Molto allegro
00:00:59

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Alice Sara Ott, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Litany (In Memory of Michael Vyner) (Töru Takemitsu)

23
I. Adagio
00:04:53

Toru Takemitsu, Composer - Alice Sara Ott, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

24 Preludes, Op. 28 (Frédéric Chopin)

24
No. 19 in E Flat Major. Vivace
00:01:26

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Alice Sara Ott, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

25
No. 20 in C Minor. Largo
00:01:37

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Alice Sara Ott, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

26
Für Alina
00:02:12

Arvo Pärt, Composer - Alice Sara Ott, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

27
No. 21 in B Flat Major. Cantabile
00:02:13

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Alice Sara Ott, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

28
No. 22 in G Minor. Molto agitato
00:00:47

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Alice Sara Ott, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

29
No. 23 in F Major. Moderato
00:00:46

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Alice Sara Ott, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

30
No. 24 in D Minor. Allegro appassionato
00:02:43

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Alice Sara Ott, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

31
Lullaby To Eternity (on fragments of W.A. Mozart's "Lacrimosa")
00:02:48

Alice Sara Ott, Composer, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

The Well-Tempered Clavier / Book 1, BWV 846-869 / Prelude & Fugue in C Major, BWV 846 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

32
I. Prelude (Grand Piano)
00:01:36

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Alice Sara Ott, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer, Mixer, Editor, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

33
Prelude in C Minor (Grand Piano)
00:00:38

John FIELD, Composer - Alice Sara Ott, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer, Mixer, Editor, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

34
Largo in C Minor (Grand Piano)
00:01:48

John FIELD, Composer - Alice Sara Ott, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer, Mixer, Editor, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

35
Prelude in A-Flat Major, KK IVb/7
00:00:49

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Alice Sara Ott, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer, Mixer, Editor, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

36
Prelude in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 45
00:05:17

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Alice Sara Ott, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer, Mixer, Editor, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

37
Contretemps
00:03:01

Alice Sara Ott, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - CHILLY GONZALES, Composer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer, Mixer, Editor, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Naive Music (Valentin Silvestrov)

38
No. 6, Prelude
00:02:06

Valentin Silvestrov, Composer - Alice Sara Ott, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer, Mixer, Editor, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Distant Music (Valentin Silvestrov)

39
No. 3, Prelude
00:04:51

Valentin Silvestrov, Composer - Alice Sara Ott, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer, Mixer, Editor, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

40
Prelude in C Minor (Upright Piano)
00:00:40

John FIELD, Composer - Alice Sara Ott, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer, Mixer, Editor, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

41
Largo in C Minor (Upright Piano)
00:01:57

John FIELD, Composer - Alice Sara Ott, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer, Mixer, Editor, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

The Well-Tempered Clavier / Book 1, BWV 846-869 / Prelude & Fugue in C Major, BWV 846 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

42
I. Prelude (Upright Piano)
00:01:43

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Alice Sara Ott, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer, Mixer, Editor, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Album review

Pianist Alice Sara Ott offers a complete set of Chopin's preludes for piano here, in order, but framed and interspersed with short contemporary piano compositions. These appear at the beginning and end (the latter composed by Ott) and then after each group of four preludes. The concept isn't one that Chopin or Liszt would have found too unfamiliar, and Ott is a strong Chopin pianist with the ability to draw listeners in without being excessive about tempo rubato. Try one of the famous pieces like the Prelude No. 4 in E minor, Op. 28, No. 4, which has a fresh feeling despite the work's ubiquity. Ott suggests extramusical associations for both the Chopin pieces and the modern works, and while, of course, her reactions are her own, it may be that this device works a bit less well for the preludes than for Chopin's works in other genres. More than other Chopin works, the preludes are intricately technical pieces, with some of the most daring harmonic moves in the whole Chopin canon. In this technical sense, though, Ott's program succeeds beautifully. In her hands, the range of Chopin's influence in the 20th century is revealed to be startlingly wide, extending from the cinematic semi-pop of Nino Rota and Chilly Gonzales to Ligeti's modernism to Arvo Pärt's minimalism. The whole program has a delightful sense that one is exploring Chopin and then pausing periodically to look forward in time as if to see what hidden secrets time might reveal in his music. A typically imaginative release from this fine pianist.

© TiVo

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