For pianophiles - Vikingur Olafsson recital

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Rach3
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For pianophiles - Vikingur Olafsson recital

Post by Rach3 » Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:29 am

34-year old Icelandic pianist Vikingur Olafsson ( new to me ) plays Bach ( on modern concert grand ) live and without a break :

https://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/play/m0000hp6

Partita No 6 in E minor BWV 830
Adagio from Organ Sonata No 4 in E minor BWV 528 (arr Stradal)
Invention No 15 in B minor BWV 786
Sinfonia No 15 in B minor BWV 801
Gavotte from Violin Partita No 3 in E major BWV 1006 (arr Rachmaninov)
Prelude in B minor BWV 855a (arr Siloti)
Prelude and Fugue in C minor from ‘The Well-Tempered Clavier’ Book 1 BWV 847
Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ BWV 639 (arr Busoni)
Aria from Cantata BWV 54, ‘Widerstehe doch der Sünde’ (arr Ólafsson)

Concert recorded at LSO St Luke's, London, on 21 September 2018.

Bio : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V%C3%ADkingur_Ólafsson

He has just released a DGG cd of Bach , with some of the works in this recital. In 2017 , he released a DGG cd of the Piano Etudes of Philip Glass. He has 3 other cd’s, 2009-2012 , per the bio. I have heard none of the cd’s, but enjoyed this recital and may consider the Glass.

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Re: For pianophiles - Vikingur Olafsson recital

Post by Rach3 » Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:49 am

FWW, Olafsson's Glass Etudes ( not complete ) DGG cd is here , just listening now, attractive so far:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEIaqYF ... EdnG9vG-II

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Re: For pianophiles - Vikingur Olafsson recital

Post by maestrob » Fri Sep 28, 2018 2:01 pm

Beautiful concert, Rach3! Well worth a concentrated listen. I have the CD on next month's buy list.

Many thanks.

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Re: For pianophiles - Vikingur Olafsson recital

Post by Rach3 » Sun Sep 30, 2018 8:26 am

An interesting pair:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsgIdLV3q7s (Philip Glass , Piano Etudes, No.5 )

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZ62EgXw9yk ( Bill Evans, “ Peace Piece “ )

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Re: For pianophiles - Vikingur Olafsson recital

Post by Rach3 » Sat Oct 27, 2018 7:17 pm

Playing the Grieg Concerto right now live, wont be archived ; sorry this late notice :

https://www.dso.org/live.aspx

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Re: For pianophiles - Vikingur Olafsson recital

Post by Rach3 » Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:50 am

Young Icelandic pianist Vikingur Olafsson plays Mozart K.491 with Ulster Orchestra under Rafael Payare , live , earlier this year :

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0000xjf

I thought downplayed the darkness , drama a bit in the first mov., but a delightful, interestingly ornamented slow mov. Olafsson finds more light and color in this work than I usually hear with others.

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