Vikingur Olafsson - From Afar (2LP)

Vikingur Olafsson - From Afar (2LP)
Price: 33.90€
Format: LP
Label: DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON
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Childhood memories and a tribute to a musical hero are the inspiration behind Víkingur Ólafsson's most personal album to date. The Icelandic pianist presents From Afar, a unique double album containing two recordings of the same repertoire, one played on a Steinway concert grand, the other on an upright piano. Named after Aus der Ferne by György Kurtág, one of the pianist's favourite composers, From Afar began to take shape not long after the two men first met, in September 2021. Unable to find the right words to thank Kurtág for an encounter that left him with "a feeling of lightness and joy", Ólafsson instead found the right music. Describing the album as "a letter to a friend", he has chosen a selection of the Hungarian composer's original miniatures and transcriptions. Interspersed with these are Icelandic and Hungarian folksongs, and works by Schumann, Brahms and Thomas Adès, among others, many of which are rooted in the pianist's musical past. The soundworlds conjured by the two instruments Ólafsson plays here are very different, but both are equally rich in colour and atmosphere.

LP1

  1. J.S. Bach: Christe, du Lamm Gottes, BWV 619 (Arr. G. Kurtág)
  2. Schumann: Study in Canonic Form, Op. 56 No. 1
  3. J.S. Bach: Adagio from Sonata for Solo Violin in C major (Arr. Víkingur Ólafsson)
  4. Kurtág: Harmonica (Hommage á Borsody László) (From Játékok / Book 3)
  5. Bartók: I. Rubato (Three Hungarian Folksongs from the Csìk)
  6. Bartók: II. L'istesso tempo (Three Hungarian Folksongs from the Csìk)
  7. Bartók: III. Poco vivo (Three Hungarian Folksongs from the Csìk)
  8. Brahms: Intermezzo Op. 116, No. 4
  9. Kurtág: A Voice in the Distance (From Játékok / Book 5)
  10. Birgisson: Where Life and Death May Dwell (Icelandic Folk Song)
  11. J.S.Bach: Trio Sonata No. 1, BWV 525: 1. Allegro moderato (Transcr. G. Kurtág)
  12. Kaldalóns: Ave María (Arr. Víkingur Ólafsson)
  13. Kurtág: Little Chorale (From Játékok / Book 1)
  14. Mozart: Laudate Dominum (Arr. Víkingur Ólafsson)
  15. Kurtág: Sleepily (From Játékok / Book 1)
  16. Schumann: Träumerei Op. 15, No. 7
  17. Kurtág: Flowers We Are (From Játékok / Book 7)
  18. Adès: The Branch (Az Ág)
  19. Kurtág: Twittering (From Játékok / Book 1)
  20. Schumann: Vogel als Prophet Op. 82, No. 7
  21. Kurtág: Scraps of a Colinda Melody – Faintly Recollected (Hommage à Farkas Ferenc) (From Játékok / Book 3)

LP2

  1. J.S. Bach: Christe, du Lamm Gottes, BWV 619 (Arr. G. Kurtág)
  2. Schumann: Study in Canonic form, Op. 56 No. 1
  3. J.S. Bach: Adagio from Sonata for Solo Violin in C Major (Arr. Víkingur Ólafsson)
  4. Kurtág: Harmonica (Hommage á Borsody László) (From Játékok / Book 3)
  5. Bartók: I. Rubato (Three Hungarian Folksongs from the Csìk)
  6. Bartók: II. L'istesso tempo (Three Hungarian Folksongs from the Csìk)
  7. Bartók: III. Poco vivo (Three Hungarian Folksongs from th
  8. Brahms: Intermezzo Op. 116, No. 4
  9. Kurtág: A Voice in the Distance (From Játékok / Book 5)
  10. Birgisson: Where Life and Death May Dwell (Icelandic Folk Song)
  11. J.S.Bach: Trio Sonata No. 1, BWV 525: 1. Allegro moderato (Transcr. G. Kurtág)
  12. Kaldalóns: Ave María (Arr. Víkingur Ólafsson)
  13. Kurtág: Little Chorale (From Játékok / Book 1)
  14. Mozart: Laudate Dominum (Arr. Víkingur Ólafsson)
  15. Kurtág: Sleepily (From Játékok / Book 1)
  16. Schumann: Träumerei Op. 15, No. 7
  17. Kurtág: Flowers We Are (From Játékok / Book 7)
  18. Adès: The Branch (Az Ág)
  19. Kurtág: Twittering (From Játékok / Book 1)
  20. Schumann: Vogel als Prophet Op. 82, No. 7
  21. Kurtág: Scraps of a Colinda Melody – Faintly Recollected (Hommage à Farkas Ferenc) (From Játékok / Book 3)

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