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.”

SONG
La damoiselle élue, L. 62: Prélude
1
3:51
 
Le Rappel des oiseaux
2
2:40
 
6. Rigaudons 1, 2 & Double
3
1:02
 
Musette en rondeau
4
3:13
 
Tambourin
5
0:56
 
La Villageoise
6
1:19
 
Gigues en rondeau 1 & 2
7
3:42
 
Estampes, L. 100: 3. Jardins sous la pluie
8
3:55
 
Children's Corner, L. 113: 3. Serenade for the Doll
9
1:58
 
Children's Corner, L. 113: 4. The Snow Is Dancing
10
2:24
 
Les tendres plaintes
11
2:36
 
Les tourbillons
12
1:42
 
L'entretien des Muses
13
2:58
 
Préludes, Book 1, L. 117: 6. Des pas sur la neige
14
3:52
 
La joyeuse
15
0:58
 
Les Cyclopes
16
2:57
 
The Arts and the Hours
17
4:45
 
Préludes, Book 1, L. 117: 8. La fille aux cheveux de lin
18
2:23
 
Préludes, Book 2, L. 123: 8. Ondine
19
4:13
 
Cinquième concert: 2. La Cupis
20
4:11
 
Quatrième concert: 2. L'indiscrète
21
1:06
 
Quatrième concert: 3. La Rameau
22
2:12
 
La Poule
23
2:38
 
L’Enharmonique
24
3:53
 
Menuets 1 & 2
25
2:43
 
Les Sauvages
26
1:23
 
L’Égyptienne
27
2:12
 
Images - Book 1, L. 110: 2. Hommage à Rameau
28
7:14