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Víkingur Ólafsson | piano 

Víkingur Ólafsson, the Icelandic piano sensation, presents this Sunday morning a packed programme illustrating the extent of his talent.

Víkingur Ólafsson
Víkingur Ólafsson © Ari Magg

Programme

Debussy Prelude, excerpt from La Damoiselle élue
Rameau Le Rappel des Oiseaux, Rigaudon, Rigaudon avec double Musette en rondeau (Tendrement), Tambourin, La Villageoise (Rondeau), Gigue en rondeau I, Gigue en rondeau II, excerpts from Suite in E minor
Debussy Jardins sous la pluie, excerpts from Estampes
Serenade for the Doll, The Snow is Dancing, excerpts from Children’s Corner
Rameau Les Tendres Plaintes, Les Tourbillons, L’Entretien des Muses, excerpts from Suite en ré
Debussy Des pas sur la neige, Prelude No. 6 excerpt from Livre I
Rameau La Joyeuse, Les Cyclopes, excerpts from Suite en ré
Entrée pour les Muses, Les Zéphyres, Les Saisons, Les Heures et les Arts, extraits des Boréades (transcription by Víkingur Ólafsson)
Debussy La Fille aux cheveux de lin, Prelude No. 8 excerpt from Livre I
Ondine, Prélude No. 8 excerpt from Livre II
Rameau La Cupis, La Rameau, excerpts from Pièces de clavecin en concert
La Poule, Menuet majeur et Menuet mineur, L’Enharmonique, Les Sauvages, L’Egyptienne, excerpts from Suite en sol 

To read

The world discovered it in the music of our time. It is not uncommon to hear him defend Adams, Ades and others. But at the end of a first album of Etudes by Glass with the Deutsche Grammophon label, Víkingur Ólafsson came back to... J.-S. Bach, who brought the critics to their knees again. It has to be said that underneath his air of ideal son-in-law, the fresh graduate of the Julliard School does things his own way. And the New York Times won't contradict us, as it called the virtuoso an "Icelandic Glenn Gould". As long as he makes everything he touches his own, he combines Rameau and Debussy. What's the relationship between these musicians who are two centuries apart? France, of course, but also a sense of colour and a certain lust for freedom. Even more so if affinities.

COREALISATION Jeanine Roze Production / Théâtre des Champs-Elysées

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Víkingur Ólafsson

Víkingur Ólafsson