28 Songs, 1 Hour 18 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With every album, Iceland’s Víkingur Ólafsson consolidates his position as one of music’s most imaginative and communicative pianists. Here, he brings together two composers he considers soulmates, despite their having lived 200 years apart. Easily assimilating Rameau’s harpsichord works for the piano, Ólafsson makes this music live with winning flair and style. His Debussy is equally alluring; these miniatures create images before the eyes as the beautifully recorded piano becomes our guide. Resist the temptation to dip in and out of the album: Let Ólafsson challenge and seduce with his perfectly judged programming. And savor his ravishing transcription, “The Arts and the Hours.”

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EDITORS’ NOTES

With every album, Iceland’s Víkingur Ólafsson consolidates his position as one of music’s most imaginative and communicative pianists. Here, he brings together two composers he considers soulmates, despite their having lived 200 years apart. Easily assimilating Rameau’s harpsichord works for the piano, Ólafsson makes this music live with winning flair and style. His Debussy is equally alluring; these miniatures create images before the eyes as the beautifully recorded piano becomes our guide. Resist the temptation to dip in and out of the album: Let Ólafsson challenge and seduce with his perfectly judged programming. And savor his ravishing transcription, “The Arts and the Hours.”

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Ratings and Reviews

3.8 out of 5
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4 Ratings

Sauvignon Blanc ,

Mixed Bag

First off, let me say that I think Víkingur Ólafsson is a great pianist. I have and love his Bach and Glass CDs and he is great at performing the music of those two composers.
Here, I think he does a great job on the Rameau pieces, especially the slower and more contemplative pieces, but, at least at this point, I don’t think I’d pay to go see him perform Debussy. This is a little ironic. He creates impressions in playing Rameau, but then plays Debussy like he’s racing, or he’s playing on a harpsichord. Listen to Jardins...and you tell me. Bavouzet would be my choice for performing piano pieces by Debussy.

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