Bach: Piano Works & Reworks

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00028948350223
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Deutsche Grammophon
RELEASE DATE: 07/09/2018
1 CD
"Following on from his critically acclaimed recording of piano works by Philip Glass, Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson has now made a second concept album for DG. The album features original works by Bach alongside inspired adaptations by composers including Rachmaninov, Busoni and Ólafsson himself. Renowned for his innovative musical projects, the pianist here offers listeners a very personal vision of Bach’s intricate keyboard music in all its rich variety.
“Iceland's Glenn Gould"" New York Times
""Volcanic temperament, great virtuosity, a taste for challenges"" Le Monde"

*****

It takes only a few seconds to register that this is music-making of the highest order. Seventy minutes later you have had a transcendental Bach experience. Here is the 34-year-old sensation from Iceland, Vikingur Olafsson, Juilliard graduate, international soloist and exponent of contemporary music, including premieres of six Icelandic concertos and a highly acclaimed album of Philip Glass. If nothing else, this album illustrates how close some contemporary composers, particularly the “pattern-makers” such as Glass, Steve Reich and others are to Bach, that master “pattern-maker” born 333 years ago. It would be hard to imagine a more persuasive and secure bridge across those eras than this record. Olafsson delivers on what he describes as the “paradox” of Bach’s music: incredibly rich and strikingly sparse at the same time. These twin features are never absent in the striking revelations of his extraordinary pianism, captured in the new Harpa Concert House in Reykjavik in April this year. Chorale tunes and inner voices emerge with lucid clarity; a variety of legato and staccato touches articulate Bach’s intentions persuasively.
Olafsson shows how successive generations have transformed and reworked Bach. From the lush, organ-like sonorities of Busoni and August Stradal, to the jazz-infused transcriptions of Rachmaninov and his teacher Alexander Siloti, to the technical wizardry of Wilhelm Kempff, Olafsson’s promise of creating a “kaleidoscope” of Bach is abundantly realised. A minor quibble: where is that other great Bach-borrower, Percy Grainger? On future volumes and in festivals and concerts here, we can but hope.

Vincent Plush The Weekend Australian
1. J.S. Bach: 1. Prelude [Prelude & Fughetta in G Major, BWV 902] 0:03:26
2. J.S. Bach: Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g'mein, Chorale Prelude BWV 734 (Transcr. Wilhelm Kempff) 0:01:51
3. J.S. Bach: 1. Prelude [Prelude & Fugue in E Minor (Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, No. 10), BWV 855] 0:02:03
4. J.S. Bach: 2. Fugue [Prelude & Fugue in E Minor (Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, No. 10), BWV 855] 0:01:17
5. J.S. Bach: 2. Andante [Adagio] (Transcr. by August Stradal) [Organ Sonata No. 4, BWV 528] 0:05:27
6. J.S. Bach: 1. Prelude [Prelude & Fugue in D Major (Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, No. 5), BWV 850] 0:01:03
7. J.S. Bach: 2. Fugue [Prelude & Fugue in D Major (Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, No. 5), BWV 850] 0:01:46
8. J.S. Bach: Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, Chorale Prelude BWV 659 (Transcr. by Ferruccio Busoni) 0:05:04
9. J.S. Bach: 1. Prelude [Prelude & Fugue in C Minor (Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, No. 2), BWV 847] 0:01:24
10. J.S. Bach: 2. Fugue [Prelude & Fugue in C Minor (Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, No. 2), BWV 847] 0:01:38
11. J.S. Bach: Widerstehe doch der Sünde, BWV 54 (Transcr. by Víkingur Ólafsson) 0:04:26
12. J.S. Bach: Aria [Aria variata (alla maniera italiana) in A Minor, BWV 989] 0:01:51
13. J.S. Bach: Variation I. Largo [Aria variata (alla maniera italiana) in A Minor, BWV 989] 0:01:10
14. J.S. Bach: Variation II [Aria variata (alla maniera italiana) in A Minor, BWV 989] 0:00:56
15. J.S. Bach: Variation III [Aria variata (alla maniera italiana) in A Minor, BWV 989] 0:00:55
16. J.S. Bach: Variation IV. Allegro [Aria variata (alla maniera italiana) in A Minor, BWV 989] 0:00:56
17. J.S. Bach: Variation V. Un poco allegro [Aria variata (alla maniera italiana) in A Minor, BWV 989] 0:00:59
18. J.S. Bach: Variation VI. Andante [Aria variata (alla maniera italiana) in A Minor, BWV 989] 0:02:06
19. J.S. Bach: Variation VII. Un poco allegro [Aria variata (alla maniera italiana) in A Minor, BWV 989] 0:00:47
20. J.S. Bach: Variation VIII. Allegro [Aria variata (alla maniera italiana) in A Minor, BWV 989] 0:00:49
21. J.S. Bach: Variation IX [Aria variata (alla maniera italiana) in A Minor, BWV 989] 0:01:08
22. J.S. Bach: Variation X [Aria variata (alla maniera italiana) in A Minor, BWV 989] 0:01:47
23. J.S. Bach: Aria da capo [Aria variata (alla maniera italiana) in A Minor, BWV 989] 0:01:19
24. J.S. Bach: Invention No. 12 in A Major, BWV 783 0:01:19
25. J.S. Bach: Sinfonia No. 12 in A Major, BWV 798 0:01:24
26. J.S. Bach: 2. Gavotte (Transcr. by Sergey Rachmaninov) [Suite from the Partita No.3 in E Major for Solo Violin, BWV 1006] 0:02:48
27. J.S. Bach: Prelude In E Minor, BWV 855 (Arr. Piano In B Minor By Alexander Siloti) 0:03:00
28. J.S. Bach: Sinfonia No. 15 in B Minor, BWV 801 0:01:19
29. J.S. Bach: Invention No. 15 in B Minor, BWV 786 0:01:12
30. J.S. Bach: 1. Andante [Concerto in D Minor, BWV 974] 0:02:17
31. J.S. Bach: 2. Adagio [Concerto in D Minor, BWV 974] 0:04:10
32. J.S. Bach: 3. Presto [Concerto in D Minor, BWV 974] 0:03:31
33. J.S. Bach: Ich ruf zu dir Herr Jesu Christ, Chorale Prelude BWV 639 (Transcr. by Ferruccio Busoni) 0:03:08
34. J.S. Bach: 1. Fantasia [Fantasia & Fugue in A Minor, BWV 904] 0:03:55
35. J.S. Bach: 2. Fugue [Fantasia & Fugue in A Minor, BWV 904] 0:05:14