TRIAD: Glass ∙ Bach ∙ Debussy Rameau (3 CD Limited Edition)

 
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PHILIP GLASS / J. S. BACH / CLAUDE DEBUSSY / JEAN PHILIPPE RAMEAU
TRIAD: Glass ∙ Bach ∙ Debussy Rameau (3 CD Limited Edition)
Víkingur Ólafsson (piano) / Siggi String Quartet

[ Deutsche Grammophon / 3 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Friday 18 December 2020

This limited 3CD edition presents three outstanding albums by Víkingur Ólafsson in a box set including additional fan content and deluxe packaging.

With three albums on Deutsche Grammophon so far Ólafsson is known as one of the most exciting pianists of today and widely acknowledged for his "individuality of spirit and intelligence of execution" (Limelight Magazine). His albums from 2017, 2018 and 2020 comprise a broad scope of repertoire including Philip Glass, J. S. Bach, Claude Debussy and Jean Philippe Rameau.

"Ólafsson's interpretations inhabit a unique, distinct and extraordinary world all their own...[he] possesses that rare gift of illuminating a familiar work in unexpected ways, revealing hidden depths and drawing out its best qualities...In Glass's music, each repetition is enriched by subtle changes in colour, voice-leading and articulation, as if Ólafsson were continually refreshing the page on his musical server." Gramophone Magazine Editor's Choice, April 2017 (on the Glass)

"Ólafsson's touch is malleable: suggestive in the Debussy pieces and bracingly gritty for Rameau. The centrepiece of the collection is his own transcription of an interlude from Rameau's final opera, Les Boréades, which comes over as a meditation." (on the Debussy/Rameau)

"I expected this to be good; but just how good it was was still a surprise…Ólafsson creates a ravishing musical sequence. Every track has its own allure, and many reflect a virtuosity which is never flaunted; he treats the preludes and fugues as though they had been conceived as tone-poems or études" BBC Music Five Stars (on the Bach)

Tracks:

Glass:
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)

Bach:
Prelude and Fughetta in G Major, BWV 902
Prelude & Fugue in E Minor (Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, No. 10), BWV 855
Organ Sonata No. 4 in E Minor, BWV 528 (Transcr. by August Stradal)
Prelude & Fugue in D Major (Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, No. 5), BWV 850
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
Widerstehe doch der Sünde, BWV 54 (Transcr. by Víkingur Ólafsson)
Aria variata (alla maniera italiana) in A Minor, BWV 989
Invention No. 12 in A Major, BWV 783
Sinfonia No. 12 in A Major, BWV 798
Concerto in D Minor, BWV 974
Ich ruf zu dir Herr Jesu Christ, Chorale Prelude BWV 639 (Transcr. by Ferruccio Busoni)
Fantasia & Fugue in A Minor, BWV 904

Debussy/Rameau:
Debussy: La damoiselle élue: Prelude
Rameau: Le rappel des oiseaux
Rameau: Suite in E minor: Rigaudons 1 & 2
Rameau: Musette en rondeau
Rameau: Tambourin
Rameau: La villageoise
Rameau: Gigue en rondeau II
Debussy: Estampe No. 3 - Jardins sous la pluie
Debussy: Serenade for the Doll
Debussy: The Snow is dancing (from Children's Corner)
Rameau: Les tendres plaintes
Rameau: Pièces de Clavecin 1724: Les Tourbillons
Rameau: L'Entretien des muses
Debussy: Des pas sur le neige (from Préludes - Book 1)
Rameau: La joyeuse
Rameau: Les Cyclopes
Rameau: The Arts and the Hours
Debussy: La fille aux cheveux de lin (from Préludes - Book 1: No. 8)
Debussy: Ondine (from Préludes - Book 2)
Rameau: La Cupis in D minor
Rameau: L'indiscrète
Rameau: La Rameau in B flat major
Rameau: La poule
Rameau: L'Enharmonique
Rameau: Nouvelles Suites de Pièces de Clavecin: XI. Menuet II
Rameau: Les Sauvages
Rameau: L'Egyptienne
Debussy: Hommage à Rameau (No. 2 from Images pour piano - Book 1)

Víkingur Ólafsson - Philip Glass: Piano Works - About the Man & Composer Philip Glass