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Mozart & Contemporaries

Víkingur Ólafsson

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Between tradition and modernity - Víkingur Ólafsson's repertoire is extremely extensive and spans several centuries. In his previous recordings, contemporary composers such as Philip Glass play just as important a role as the early music by Bach, or the impressionistic sounds of Debussy. He himself describes such a diverse repertoire in a simple way: "I see all music as contemporary music, I don’t make a distinction". Now, on his new and thus fourth Deutsche Grammophon album, the Icelandic pianist covers another century with Mozart and his contemporaries.

At first glance, the program seems a bit thrown together: In addition to various piano works by Mozart, you’ll find selected works by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and Joseph Haydn, as well as their Italian colleagues Baldassare Galuppi and Domenico Cimarosa who pop up in between. However it quickly becomes clear that Ólafsson is once again immersing himself in a new musical era and wants to draw as much as possible from it before presenting it to the listeners. And this is done amazingly well! The pianist manages to reflect the German-Italian influence of the early and high classical period, in the midst of the 18th century, in a uniquely versatile way. In addition to extreme precision, there is also an impressive lightness to his playing at the same time.

Another special feature of this album are Ólafsson's self-penned arrangements of Mozart's Adagio in E-flat major, the third movement from the original String Quartet No. 3 in G minor, K. 516, as well as to Cimarosa's Sonatas No. 42 and No. 55. Here one can discover the performing musician in the role of co-creator at the same time - Ólafsson deals with the music with hair-pin precision and provides it with his personal sensual Icelandic, and, indeed, contemporary touch. © Lena Germann/Qobuz

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Piano Sonata No. 9 in F Minor (Baldassare Galuppi)

1
I. Andante spiritoso
00:02:05

Baldassare Galuppi, Composer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Víkingur Ólafsson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

2
Mozart: Rondo in F Major, K. 494
00:06:04

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Víkingur Ólafsson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

3
C.P.E. Bach: Rondo II in D Minor, H. 290
00:03:26

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Composer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Víkingur Ólafsson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

4
Cimarosa: Sonata No. 42 in D Minor (Arr. Ólafsson)
00:02:23

Domenico Cimarosa, Composer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Víkingur Ólafsson, Arranger, Piano, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

5
Mozart: Fantasia in D Minor, K. 397 (Fragment)
00:05:47

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Víkingur Ólafsson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

6
Mozart: Rondo in D Major, K. 485
00:03:46

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Víkingur Ólafsson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

7
Cimarosa: Sonata No. 55 in A Minor (Arr. Ólafsson)
00:02:44

Domenico Cimarosa, Composer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Víkingur Ólafsson, Arranger, Piano, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Piano Sonata in B Minor, Hob.XVI:32 (Joseph Haydn)

8
I. Allegro moderato
00:03:03

Joseph Haydn, Composer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Víkingur Ólafsson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

9
II. Menuet
00:02:40

Joseph Haydn, Composer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Víkingur Ólafsson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

10
III. Finale. Presto
00:02:09

Joseph Haydn, Composer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Víkingur Ólafsson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

11
Mozart: Kleine Gigue in G Major, K. 574
00:01:40

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Víkingur Ólafsson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Piano Sonata No. 16 in C Major, K. 545 "Sonata facile" (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

12
I. Allegro
00:02:59

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Víkingur Ólafsson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

13
II. Andante
00:03:59

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Víkingur Ólafsson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

14
III. Rondo. Allegretto
00:01:42

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Víkingur Ólafsson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

15
Mozart: Adagio in E Flat (Arr. Ólafsson from String Quintet No. 3 in G Minor, K. 516)
00:08:04

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Víkingur Ólafsson, Arranger, Piano, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Piano Sonata No. 34 in C Minor (Baldassare Galuppi)

16
I. Larghetto
00:03:06

Baldassare Galuppi, Composer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Víkingur Ólafsson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor, K. 457 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

17
I. Molto allegro
00:03:54

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Víkingur Ólafsson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

18
II. Adagio
00:08:11

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Víkingur Ólafsson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

19
III. Allegro assai
00:04:30

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Víkingur Ólafsson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

20
Mozart: Adagio in B Minor, K. 540
00:07:34

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Christopher Tarnow, Producer, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Víkingur Ólafsson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

21
Mozart: Ave verum corpus, K. 618 (Transcr. Liszt for Solo Piano)
00:04:02

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Franz Liszt, Arranger, Work Arranger - Christopher Tarnow, Producer, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Víkingur Ólafsson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Album Description

Between tradition and modernity - Víkingur Ólafsson's repertoire is extremely extensive and spans several centuries. In his previous recordings, contemporary composers such as Philip Glass play just as important a role as the early music by Bach, or the impressionistic sounds of Debussy. He himself describes such a diverse repertoire in a simple way: "I see all music as contemporary music, I don’t make a distinction". Now, on his new and thus fourth Deutsche Grammophon album, the Icelandic pianist covers another century with Mozart and his contemporaries.

At first glance, the program seems a bit thrown together: In addition to various piano works by Mozart, you’ll find selected works by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and Joseph Haydn, as well as their Italian colleagues Baldassare Galuppi and Domenico Cimarosa who pop up in between. However it quickly becomes clear that Ólafsson is once again immersing himself in a new musical era and wants to draw as much as possible from it before presenting it to the listeners. And this is done amazingly well! The pianist manages to reflect the German-Italian influence of the early and high classical period, in the midst of the 18th century, in a uniquely versatile way. In addition to extreme precision, there is also an impressive lightness to his playing at the same time.

Another special feature of this album are Ólafsson's self-penned arrangements of Mozart's Adagio in E-flat major, the third movement from the original String Quartet No. 3 in G minor, K. 516, as well as to Cimarosa's Sonatas No. 42 and No. 55. Here one can discover the performing musician in the role of co-creator at the same time - Ólafsson deals with the music with hair-pin precision and provides it with his personal sensual Icelandic, and, indeed, contemporary touch. © Lena Germann/Qobuz

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