The Chopin Project

The Chopin Project

Alice Sara Ott

Editor's Choice

At the engaging intersection of classical and pop, Ólafur Arnalds creates music that doesn't fit neatly into any one category. Comfortably straddling genres, his work has been recorded by classical establishment giant Deutsche Grammophon and contemporary label Erased Tapes and had airplay on the UK's flagship pop station, BBC Radio 1. Part of a new generation of sought-after neoclassical artists, Arnalds has collaborated with an eclectic selection of artists, from international wunderkind Nils Frahm to fellow Icelanders Bjork and Sigur Ros. 2015's 'The Chopin Project' retains a distinctive northern European flavour, featuring German pianist Alice Sara Ott, Norwegian violinist Mari Samuelsen, and a quintet of Icelandic string players. This album constructs an atmospheric aural adventure, interspersing Arnalds' ambient creations with a selection of familiar pieces by Chopin. Basing his contributions on his emotional responses to the timeless piano works, this release represents a thoughtful and highly-listenable piece of work from some of the most exciting musicians of our time. read more

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