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Alice Sara Ott – Nordic Nightfall

“Nightfall. It’s that magical hour when day and night face each other and the sky descends into twilight. For a brief moment, light and darkness are in harmony and merge together.

I believe that we humans all carry certain elements of light and darkness within us. An awareness and affirmation of life, reality and conscience, on the one hand, the shadow of greed and temptation on the other. The demand for things we can’t have. And we don’t always succeed in recognizing or even defining the boundary between them.” – Alice Sara Ott

In this solo recital, pianist Alice Sara Ott performs works by Chopin as well as some of the repertoire from her acclaimed DG album Nightfall. She begins with two movements from Debussy’s Suite bergamasque – the spacious Prélude and lyrical Clair de lune – and continues with the suitably dreamlike Rêverie. Next come three minimalist works by Debussy’s contemporary Satie: the tranquil Gymnopédie No.1 and two of the orientally inflected Gnossiennes. Staying with her “Nightfall” theme, Ott then presents two of Chopin’s beautifully expressive Nocturnes, before ending with the pianistic fireworks of his First Ballade.  

Claude Debussy:
Suite Bergamasque (L. 75)
1. Prélude (Moderato tempo rubato)
3. Clair de lune (Andante très expressif, D♭ major)
Rêverie (L.68)
Erik Satie:
Gnossienne No. 1
Gymnopédie 1
Gnossienne No. 3
Frédéric Chopin:
Nocturne in B-flat minor, Op. 9, No. 1
Nocturne in E-flat major, Op. 9, No. 2
Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23

Alice Sara Ott, piano

Recorded at the DR Koncerthuset in Copenhagen, January 28, 2021
Photos by Søren Krabbe

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