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Debussy – Rameau

Víkingur Ólafsson

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This program brings together two great French composers, separated by almost two centuries, that we would not think of bringing together spontaneously. But the freedom of mind of the Icelandic pianist looks at it otherwise, who, for his third album with Deutsche Grammophon, wanted to highlight their affinities as their contrasts in the light of their innovative contribution to the musical thought of their time. "I scratch my head wondering why Rameau's music is not played more. Between quality, inventiveness and unpredictability, there is never any element of formula in these pieces”, says Víkingur Ólafsson. By instinctively associating these style characteristics with those specific to Debussy, he decided to make an album of them: "I want to show Rameau as a futurist and underline the deep roots of Debussy in French baroque — and in Rameau's music in particular. The idea is that the listener almost forgets who is who by listening to the album." Debussy, who never stopped defending the French tradition by opposing it to German music, liked the decorative and complex lines of this Baroque composer with a French spirit like his own.
An initial idea in the development of this skillfully constructed program, the transcription for piano of Debussy from Prélude to his Cantata La Damoiselle introduces it. Like the album's visual, Víkingur Ólafsson aims to be suggestive even in the accent he gives in Rameau to polyphonic voices supported by a flawless rhythmic impulse, which contrasts with Debussy, whose among other things the beautiful tumultuous Jardins sous la pluie which is played with a large breath in the image of wind load until the light returns. © Qobuz / GG

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Víkingur Ólafsson

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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 review

This program brings together two great French composers, separated by almost two centuries, that we would not think of bringing together spontaneously. But the freedom of mind of the Icelandic pianist looks at it otherwise, who, for his third album with Deutsche Grammophon, wanted to highlight their affinities as their contrasts in the light of their innovative contribution to the musical thought of their time. "I scratch my head wondering why Rameau's music is not played more. Between quality, inventiveness and unpredictability, there is never any element of formula in these pieces”, says Víkingur Ólafsson. By instinctively associating these style characteristics with those specific to Debussy, he decided to make an album of them: "I want to show Rameau as a futurist and underline the deep roots of Debussy in French baroque — and in Rameau's music in particular. The idea is that the listener almost forgets who is who by listening to the album." Debussy, who never stopped defending the French tradition by opposing it to German music, liked the decorative and complex lines of this Baroque composer with a French spirit like his own.
An initial idea in the development of this skillfully constructed program, the transcription for piano of Debussy from Prélude to his Cantata La Damoiselle introduces it. Like the album's visual, Víkingur Ólafsson aims to be suggestive even in the accent he gives in Rameau to polyphonic voices supported by a flawless rhythmic impulse, which contrasts with Debussy, whose among other things the beautiful tumultuous Jardins sous la pluie which is played with a large breath in the image of wind load until the light returns. © Qobuz / GG

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