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Víkingur Ólafsson

Pianist Víkingur Ólafsson’s remarkable originality and powerful musical conviction have seen him, in just a few years, take the music world by storm to become one of the most sought-after artists of today. Ólafsson made an unforgettable impact with the release of his two landmark albums, Philip Glass Piano Works and Johann Sebastian Bach on Deutsche Grammophon, for whom he is an exclusive recording artist. Praised for revealing new possibilities within the music, Johann Sebastian Bach – featuring diverse original compositions and transcriptions, including Ólafsson’s own –deeply resonated with audiences and critics around the world

Debussy • Rameau

Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Released: 2020
Track listing: Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918): La damoiselle élue, L. 62: Prélude; Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683 - 1764): Le Rappel des oiseaux, Rigaudon 2, Musette en rondeau, Tambourin, La Villageoise, Gigue en rondeau 2; Debussy: Estampes, L. 100, 3. Jardins sous la pluie; Children's Corner, L. 113, 3. Serenade for the Doll, 4. The Snow Is Dancing; Rameau: Les tendres plaints, Les tourbillons, L'entretien des Muses; Debussy: Préludes / Book 1, L. 117, 6. Des pas sur la neige; Rameau: La joyeuse, Les Cyclopes; Víkingur Ólafsson / Rameau: The Arts and the Hours; Debussy: Préludes / Book 1, L. 117, 8. La fille aux cheveux de lin; Préludes / Book 2, L. 123, 8. Ondine; Rameau: Pièces de clavecin en concerts, Cinquième concert, 2. La Cupis, in D minor, Quatrième concert, 2. L'indiscrète, in B flat major, 3. La Rameau, in B flat major, La Poule, L’Enharmonique, Menuet 2, Les Sauvages, L’Égyptienne; Debussy: Images - Book 1, L. 110, 2. Hommage à Rameau.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Víkingur Ólafsson: Debussy • Rameau

Read "Debussy • Rameau" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson had a recording career before signing with the German monolithe Deutsche Grammophon, having released three recordings for his own label, Dirrindí. In 2016, Ólafsson signed with DG, releasing the next year Philip Glass -Piano Works. It was an interesting debut for the august label, featuring Philip Glass's Études, “Opening" from Glassworks, and ...

J.S. Bach Works & Reworks

Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Released: 2019
Track listing: CD1: Prelude & Fughetta in G Major, BWV 902 - 1. Prelude; Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g'mein, Chorale Prelude BWV 734 (Transcr. Wilhelm Kempff); Prelude & Fugue in E Minor (Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, No. 10), BWV 855 - 1. Prelude; Prelude & Fugue in E Minor (Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, No. 10), BWV 855 - 2. Fugue; Organ Sonata No. 4, BWV 528 - 2. Andante [Adagio] (Transcr. by August Stradal); Prelude & Fugue in D Major (Well- Tempered Clavier, Book I, No. 5), BWV 850 - 1. Prelude; Prelude & Fugue in D Major (Well- Tempered Clavier, Book I, No. 5), BWV 850 - 2. Fugue; Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, Chorale Prelude BWV 659 (Transcr. by Ferruccio Busoni); Prelude & Fugue in C Minor (Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, No. 2), BWV 847 - 1. Prelude; Prelude & Fugue in C Minor (Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, No. 2), BWV 847 - 2. Fugue; Widerstehe doch der Sünde, BWV 54 (Transcr. by Víkingur Ólafsson); Aria variata (alla maniera italiana) in A Minor, BWV 989 – Aria; Aria variata (alla maniera italiana) in A Minor, BWV 989 - Variation I. Largo; Aria variata (alla maniera italiana) in A Minor, BWV 989 - Variation II; Aria variata (alla maniera italiana) in A Minor, BWV 989 - Variation III; Aria variata (alla maniera italiana) in A Minor, BWV 989 - Variation IV. Allegro; Aria variata (alla maniera italiana) in A Minor, BWV 989 - Variation V. Un poco allegro; Aria variata (alla maniera italiana) in A Minor, BWV 989 - Variation VI. Andante; Aria variata (alla maniera italiana) in A Minor, BWV 989 - Variation VII. Un poco allegro; Aria variata (alla maniera italiana) in A Minor, BWV 989 - Variation VIII. Allegro; Bach: Aria variata (alla maniera italiana) in A Minor, BWV 989 - Variation IX; Aria variata (alla maniera italiana) in A Minor, BWV 989 - Variation X; Aria variata (alla maniera italiana) in A Minor, BWV 989 - Aria da capo; Invention No. 12 in A Major, BWV 783; Sinfonia No. 12 in A Major, BWV 798; Suite from the Partita No.3 in E Major for Solo Violin, BWV 1006 - 2. Gavotte (Transcr. by Sergey Rachmaninov); Prelude In E Minor, BWV 855 (Arr. Piano In B Minor By Alexander Siloti); Sinfonia No. 15 in B Minor, BWV 801; Invention No. 15 in B Minor, BWV 786; Concerto in D Minor, BWV 974 - 1. Andante; Concerto in D Minor, BWV 974 - 2. Adagio; Concerto in D Minor, BWV 974 - 3. Presto; Ich ruf zu dir Herr Jesu Christ, Chorale Prelude BWV 639 (Transcr. by Ferruccio Busoni); Fantasia & Fugue in A Minor, BWV 904 - 1. Fantasia; Fantasia & Fugue in A Minor, BWV 904 - 2. Fugue. CD2: For Jóhann by Víkingur Ólafsson; Above and Below, B Minor by Víkingur Ólafsson & Peter Gregson; Prelude, BWV 855a (Ben Frost Ladder Mix); Bach mit Zumutungen by Víkingur Ólafsson & Hans-Joachim Roedelius & Thomas Rabitsch; Prelude, BWV 855a (Valgeir Sigurðsson Rework); …And At The Hour Of Death by Víkingur Ólafsson; Prelude In G Majorby Víkingur Ólafsson; Widerstehe doch der Sünde, BWV 54 (Transcr. by Víkingur Ólafsson); BWV 974 - II Adagio (Rework); Guðnadóttir: Minor C Variation by Hildur Guðnadóttir; Kyriena by Víkingur Ólafsson & Skuli Sverrisson; Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106 - 1. Sonatina (Transcr. for Piano Four Hands by György Kurtàg.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Víkingur Ólafsson: J.S. Bach Works & Reworks

Read "J.S. Bach Works & Reworks" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson has found himself soaked to the skin in accolades in 2019. It all began auspiciously enough with the pianist with Ólafsson beginning piano early, taught by his mother, a music teacher. Ólafsson eventually attended and matriculated from the Juilliard School in New York, with a Bachelor's and Master's degrees directed by Jerome ...

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Víkingur Ólafsson: Philip Glass – Piano Works

Read "Philip Glass – Piano Works" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Captain Obvious once said, “The appeal of Philip Glass' music is its simplicity." The minimalist school, which includes Glass, as well as La Monte Young, Terry Riley, and Steve Reich, produces music that uses limited or minimal musical materials, or as defined by composer Tom Johnson, as ..."any music that works with limited or minimal materials: ...

Philip Glass – Piano Works

Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Released: 2017
Track listing: Opening from ‘Glassworks'; Etude No. 9; Etude No. 2; Piano Etude No. 6; Piano Etude No. 5; Etude No. 14; Etude No. 2 reworked by Christian Badzura; Etude No. 13; Etude No. 15; Etude No. 3; Piano Etude No. 18; Piano Etude No. 20; Opening from ‘Glassworks’ reworked by Christian Badzura; Etude No. 9 reworked by CFCF.


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