Vikingur Olafsson: Reflections

 
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Vikingur Olafsson: Reflections
Vikingur Olafsson (piano) with Helgi Jonsson (vocals)

[ Deutsche Grammophon / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 12 March 2021

'Reflections' features 'reworkings' by Ólafsson and other contemporary artists - alongside several of the Icelandic pianist's unreleased Debussy recordings. Víkingur Ólafsson's remarkable originality and powerful musical conviction have seen him become one of the most sought-after artists of today. The global success of 'Debussy Rameau' follows that of his award-winning 'Johann Sebastian Bach' album and its sister release, 'Bach Reworks', featuring reimaginings by such diverse artists as Peter Gregson, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Skúli Sverrisson. The same thread of inspiration runs through this release, as Ólafsson and his fellow composers celebrate the work of two French masters and translate their musical languages into a contemporary idiom.

"The pianist's latest release is a mix of pieces recorded in home sessions and 'reworks' of his recordings by other artists. The result is an eclectic playlist-style album, full of surprises." BBC Music

Tracks:

Debussy: Préludes - Book 2 - 5. Bruyères

Hania Rani: La damoiselle élue

Debussy: Préludes - Book 2 - 10. Canope

Helgi Jonsson: Footsteps (after Debussy's Des pas sur la neige)

Badzura: Muse d'eau

Hugar: L'entretien des muses

Badzura: K.A.H.D. (after Debussy's Canope)

Víkingur Ólafsson: Reflection5. (after Debussy's Bruyeres)

Debussy: Pour le piano (Nos 1 - 3)

Clark: Drowned Haiku (after Debussy's Sarabande)

Debussy: Préludes - Book 2 - 10. Canope

Balmorhea: La Cupis

Debussy: Préludes - Book 2 - 5. Bruyères

Clark: Drowned Haiku