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Alice Sara Ott - Nightfall is terrific twilight music / Texas Public Radio

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On her previous album, "Wonderland," Alice Sara Ott explored the music and myths of Edvard Grieg and his native Norway. Now "Nightfall," which Ott calls "one of the most personal recordings" she has made, gathers music by three composers who lived and worked in France. Ott writes of the album's title, "Nightfall is 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." The album reflects as much, reveling in mystery, magic, and contemplation, even with a monster of a piece like Ravel's "Gaspard de la Nuit" on the program.

"Nightfall" ends with Maurice Ravel's "Pavane for a Dead Princess." Ott doesn't hide it under too-soft dynamics that lose the melody. It's a lovely denouement for a terrific collection of contemplative, dreamy, and occasionally playful, twilight music. 

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