Víkingur Ólafsson releases his third album on Deutsche Grammophon
After the remarkable global success of his award-winning J.S. Bach recording, celebrated Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson returns with his third solo album, Debussy Rameau.
“This album is set up as a dialogue between two of my favourite composers, Jean-Philippe Rameau and Claude Debussy. I see them as musical brothers, kindred spirits even though one was 180 years older than the other. They were musicians of the future, who loved to stir things up. They were two uniquely gifted keyboard composers, two progressive and fiercely original musical thinkers who could capture incredibly evocative images through sound. I want to show Rameau as a futurist and I want to emphasise Debussy’s deep roots in the French baroque – and in Rameau’s music in particular. The idea is that the listener almost forgets who is who, while listening to the album.”
– Víkingur Ólafsson
Reviews on the album:
“For this pianist, every album is an essay” (The New York Times, March 2020)
“… the programming here is truly inspired … The highlights are many …he makes the most well-known pieces his own” (Gramophone, April 2020)