14 June 2021
By Ellie Palmer
The album is set to be released on 6 August 2021 by Deutsche Grammophon
German-Japanese classical pianist Alice Sara Ott has announced the upcoming release of a new album, 'Echoes Of Life'.
The programme is built around Frédéric Chopin’s Preludes Op 28, interspersed with seven works by György Ligeti, Nino Rota, Chilly Gonzales, Tōru Takemitsu, Arvo Pärt, a newly-commissioned work by Francesco Tristano and Alice Sara Ott’s own reflections on fragments of W. A. Mozart’s Lacrimosa.
She comments, "Echoes Of Life is a musical journey that not only reflects on the thoughts and moments that continue to influence my life, but also portrays how I see myself as a classical musician today. With his Préludes Op 28, Frédéric Chopin composed a collection of 24 individual character pieces - very different from each other and yet all connected in some way. They remind me of life. I have chosen seven contemporary works to intersperse the Préludes and, while they echo some of my most personal and vulnerable experiences, they also affirm how modern, provocative and timeless Chopin’s music is.“
Alice Sara Ott has teamed up with award-winning architect Hakan Demirel to create an album-length digital video installation to accompany 'Echoes Of Life' live in concert. The multi-sensory experience lends a physical dimension and visual narrative to the music.
'Echoes Of Life' debuts on 15 August 2021 in Gstaad, Switzerland, followed by concerts across Europe in the coming seasons, as well as a tour across Japan in May 2022. Find out more at www.alicesaraott.com.
Alice Sara Ott appeared on the cover of issue 62 of Pianist, which you can download here.