Echoes Of Life

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Echoes Of Life
Alice Sara Ott

[ Deutsche Grammophon / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 3 September 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


Tristano, F: In The Beginning Was

Chopin: Preludes (24), Op. 28
No. 1 in C Major. Agitato
No. 2 in A Minor. Lento
No. 3 in G Major. Vivace
No. 4 in E Minor. Largo

Ligeti: Musica Ricercata for piano

Chopin: Preludes (24), Op. 28
No. 5 in D Major. Molto allegro
No. 6 in B Minor. Lento assai
No. 7 in A Major. Andantino
No. 8 in F Sharp Minor. Molto agitato
No. 9 in E Major. Largo

Rota, N: Valzer

Chopin: Preludes (24), Op. 28
No. 10 in C Sharp Minor. Molto allegro
No. 11 in B Major. Vivace
No. 12 in G Sharp Minor. Presto
No. 13 in F Sharp Minor. Lento
No. 14 in E Flat Minor. Allegro
No. 15 in D Flat Major. Sostenuto "Raindrop"

Gonzales, Chilly: Prelude in C Sharp major

Chopin: Preludes (24), Op. 28
No. 16 in B Flat Minor. Presto con fuoco
No. 17 in A Flat Major. Allegretto
No. 18 in C Minor. Molto allegro

Takemitsu: Litany

Chopin: Preludes (24), Op. 28
No. 19 in E Flat Major. Vivace
No. 20 in C Minor. Largo

Pärt: Für Alina

Chopin: Preludes (24), Op. 28
No. 21 in B Flat Major. Cantabile
No. 22 in G Minor. Molto agitato
No. 23 in F Major. Moderato
No. 24 in D Minor. Allegro appassionato

Ott: Lullaby to Eternity (on fragments of W.A. Mozart's 'Lacrimosa'

Chopin: Prélude No. 6 in B minor 'Lento assai'