Ólafur Arnalds & Alice Sara Ott – The Chopin Project (Mercury Classics)

14 Apr

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Ólafur Arnalds & Alice Sara Ott - The Chopin Project (Mercury Classics)

As I got older I began to gravitate towards classical music again. It’s not that I appreciate it any more than when I was a child. As a classically trained pianist I was exposed to the traditional repertoire of your Baroques, your Romantics and Contemporaries. But since most of the practiced pieces held that association of an assignment with them, my procrastinating mind kept pushing back on appreciation of the complex and the beautiful. That is until I returned, all on my own, to that which was known all along.

Having consumed every single work by Ólafur Arnalds since his 2007 début, I’m by no means surprised to find this Icelandic composer make his way from the modern classical albums on the beloved Erased Tapes to the award-winning film scores on Milan and finally to contemporary classical works on Mercury Classics. What’s more fascinating is his pairing with Alice Sara Ott

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