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Debussy – Rameau

Víkingur Ólafsson

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Was Rameau the quintessentially French composer? Debussy certainly thought so, and penned an Hommage à Rameau in Book 1 of the Images for piano, heard here. Pianist Víkingur Ólafsson isn't the first to put the two composers together in a program, but it's rarely been done as well as it is here. Ólafsson punctuates sets of short, pictorial Rameau pieces, mostly from the Pièces de Clavecin of 1724 but also including some of his wilder later experiments, with some Debussy favorites that bring out Debussy's status as a forerunner of neoclassicism especially well. He finds humor in both composers, which not every keyboardist does, and the sequencing of tracks is wonderfully calibrated: online listeners should not accept any invitations to shuffle here. Ólafsson pushes his Rameau a bit in the direction of Debussy, with judicious pedal and graceful phrasing, and his Debussy moves a bit toward Rameau: it is clean and crisp without being in the slightest bit inexpressive. The end result is a program that's entirely individual, coherent as few others are, and just a delight all around. Ólafsson up to now has devoted his recordings to a single composer, but he takes a major step forward here, and one breathlessly awaits what's coming next.
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La damoiselle élue, L. 62 (Claude Debussy)

1
Prélude
00:03:51

Víkingur Ólafsson, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer - Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer - Róbert Steingrímsson, Asst. Recording Engineer - Einar Valur Einarsson, Asst. Recording Engineer

℗ 2020 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Le Rappel des oiseaux (Jean-Philippe Rameau)

2
Le Rappel des oiseaux
00:02:40

Víkingur Ólafsson, Piano - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer - Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer - Róbert Steingrímsson, Asst. Recording Engineer - Einar Valur Einarsson, Asst. Recording Engineer

℗ 2020 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Rigaudons 1, 2 & Double (Jean-Philippe Rameau)

3
Rigaudons 1, 2 & Double
00:01:02

Víkingur Ólafsson, Piano - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer - Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer - Róbert Steingrímsson, Asst. Recording Engineer - Einar Valur Einarsson, Asst. Recording Engineer

℗ 2020 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Musette en rondeau (Jean-Philippe Rameau)

4
Musette en rondeau
00:03:13

Víkingur Ólafsson, Piano - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer - Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer - Róbert Steingrímsson, Asst. Recording Engineer - Einar Valur Einarsson, Asst. Recording Engineer

℗ 2020 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Tambourin (Jean-Philippe Rameau)

5
Tambourin
00:00:56

Víkingur Ólafsson, Piano - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer - Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer - Róbert Steingrímsson, Asst. Recording Engineer - Einar Valur Einarsson, Asst. Recording Engineer

℗ 2020 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

La Villageoise (Jean-Philippe Rameau)

6
La Villageoise
00:01:19

Víkingur Ólafsson, Piano - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer - Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer - Róbert Steingrímsson, Asst. Recording Engineer - Einar Valur Einarsson, Asst. Recording Engineer

℗ 2020 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Gigues en rondeau 1 & 2 (Jean-Philippe Rameau)

7
Gigues en rondeau 1 & 2
00:03:42

Víkingur Ólafsson, Piano - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer - Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer - Róbert Steingrímsson, Asst. Recording Engineer - Einar Valur Einarsson, Asst. Recording Engineer

℗ 2020 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Estampes, L. 100 (Claude Debussy)

8
III. Jardins sous la pluie
00:03:55

Víkingur Ólafsson, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer - Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer - Róbert Steingrímsson, Asst. Recording Engineer - Einar Valur Einarsson, Asst. Recording Engineer

℗ 2020 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Children's Corner, L. 113 (Claude Debussy)

9
III. Serenade for the Doll
00:01:58

Víkingur Ólafsson, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer - Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer - Róbert Steingrímsson, Asst. Recording Engineer - Einar Valur Einarsson, Asst. Recording Engineer

℗ 2020 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

10
IV. The Snow Is Dancing
00:02:24

Víkingur Ólafsson, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer - Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer - Róbert Steingrímsson, Asst. Recording Engineer - Einar Valur Einarsson, Asst. Recording Engineer

℗ 2020 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Les Tendres Plaintes (Jean-Philippe Rameau)

11
Les tendres plaintes
00:02:36

Víkingur Ólafsson, Piano - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer - Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer - Róbert Steingrímsson, Asst. Recording Engineer - Einar Valur Einarsson, Asst. Recording Engineer

℗ 2020 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Les tourbillons (Jean-Philippe Rameau)

12
Les tourbillons
00:01:42

Víkingur Ólafsson, Piano - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer - Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer - Róbert Steingrímsson, Asst. Recording Engineer - Einar Valur Einarsson, Asst. Recording Engineer

℗ 2020 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

L'entretien des Muses (Jean-Philippe Rameau)

13
L'entretien des Muses
00:02:58

Víkingur Ólafsson, Piano - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer - Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer - Róbert Steingrímsson, Asst. Recording Engineer - Einar Valur Einarsson, Asst. Recording Engineer

℗ 2020 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Préludes / Book 1, L. 117 (Claude Debussy)

14
VI. Des pas sur la neige
00:03:52

Víkingur Ólafsson, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer - Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer - Róbert Steingrímsson, Asst. Recording Engineer - Einar Valur Einarsson, Asst. Recording Engineer

℗ 2020 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

La joyeuse (Jean-Philippe Rameau)

15
La joyeuse
00:00:58

Víkingur Ólafsson, Piano - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer - Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer - Róbert Steingrímsson, Asst. Recording Engineer - Einar Valur Einarsson, Asst. Recording Engineer

℗ 2020 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Les Cyclopes (Jean-Philippe Rameau)

16
Les Cyclopes
00:02:57

Víkingur Ólafsson, Piano - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer - Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer - Róbert Steingrímsson, Asst. Recording Engineer - Einar Valur Einarsson, Asst. Recording Engineer

℗ 2020 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

The Arts and the Hours (Jean-Philippe Rameau)

17
The Arts and the Hours
00:04:45

Víkingur Ólafsson, Composer & Piano - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer

℗ 2020 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Préludes / Book 1, L. 117 (Claude Debussy)

18
VIII. La fille aux cheveux de lin
00:02:23

Víkingur Ólafsson, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer - Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer - Róbert Steingrímsson, Asst. Recording Engineer - Einar Valur Einarsson, Asst. Recording Engineer

℗ 2020 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Préludes / Book 2, L. 123 (Claude Debussy)

19
VIII. Ondine
00:04:13

Víkingur Ólafsson, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer - Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer - Róbert Steingrímsson, Asst. Recording Engineer - Einar Valur Einarsson, Asst. Recording Engineer

℗ 2020 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Cinquième concert (Jean-Philippe Rameau)

20
II. La Cupis
00:04:11

Víkingur Ólafsson, Piano - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer - Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer - Róbert Steingrímsson, Asst. Recording Engineer - Einar Valur Einarsson, Asst. Recording Engineer

℗ 2020 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Quatrième Concert (Jean-Philippe Rameau)

21
II. L'indiscrète
00:01:06

Víkingur Ólafsson, Piano - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer - Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer - Róbert Steingrímsson, Asst. Recording Engineer - Einar Valur Einarsson, Asst. Recording Engineer

℗ 2020 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

22
III. La Rameau
00:02:12

Víkingur Ólafsson, Piano - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer - Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer - Róbert Steingrímsson, Asst. Recording Engineer - Einar Valur Einarsson, Asst. Recording Engineer

℗ 2020 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

La Poule (Jean-Philippe Rameau)

23
La Poule
00:02:38

Víkingur Ólafsson, Piano - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer - Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer - Róbert Steingrímsson, Asst. Recording Engineer - Einar Valur Einarsson, Asst. Recording Engineer

℗ 2020 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

L’Enharmonique (Jean-Philippe Rameau)

24
L’Enharmonique
00:03:53

Víkingur Ólafsson, Piano - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer - Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer - Róbert Steingrímsson, Asst. Recording Engineer - Einar Valur Einarsson, Asst. Recording Engineer

℗ 2020 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Menuets 1 & 2 (Jean-Philippe Rameau)

25
Menuets 1 & 2
00:02:43

Víkingur Ólafsson, Piano - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer - Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer - Róbert Steingrímsson, Asst. Recording Engineer - Einar Valur Einarsson, Asst. Recording Engineer

℗ 2020 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Les Sauvages (Jean-Philippe Rameau)

26
Les Sauvages
00:01:23

Víkingur Ólafsson, Piano - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer - Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer - Róbert Steingrímsson, Asst. Recording Engineer - Einar Valur Einarsson, Asst. Recording Engineer

℗ 2020 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

L’Égyptienne (Jean-Philippe Rameau)

27
L’Égyptienne
00:02:12

Víkingur Ólafsson, Piano - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer - Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer - Róbert Steingrímsson, Asst. Recording Engineer - Einar Valur Einarsson, Asst. Recording Engineer

℗ 2020 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Images - Book 1, L. 110 (Claude Debussy)

28
II. Hommage à Rameau
00:07:14

Víkingur Ólafsson, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer - Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer - Róbert Steingrímsson, Asst. Recording Engineer - Einar Valur Einarsson, Asst. Recording Engineer

℗ 2020 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Album Description

Was Rameau the quintessentially French composer? Debussy certainly thought so, and penned an Hommage à Rameau in Book 1 of the Images for piano, heard here. Pianist Víkingur Ólafsson isn't the first to put the two composers together in a program, but it's rarely been done as well as it is here. Ólafsson punctuates sets of short, pictorial Rameau pieces, mostly from the Pièces de Clavecin of 1724 but also including some of his wilder later experiments, with some Debussy favorites that bring out Debussy's status as a forerunner of neoclassicism especially well. He finds humor in both composers, which not every keyboardist does, and the sequencing of tracks is wonderfully calibrated: online listeners should not accept any invitations to shuffle here. Ólafsson pushes his Rameau a bit in the direction of Debussy, with judicious pedal and graceful phrasing, and his Debussy moves a bit toward Rameau: it is clean and crisp without being in the slightest bit inexpressive. The end result is a program that's entirely individual, coherent as few others are, and just a delight all around. Ólafsson up to now has devoted his recordings to a single composer, but he takes a major step forward here, and one breathlessly awaits what's coming next.
© TiVo

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