Philip Glass - Piano Works | Deutsche Grammophon 94796918

Philip Glass - Piano Works

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Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Cat No: 94796918

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 27th January 2017

Contents

Artists

Vikingur Olafsson (piano)
Siggi String Quartet

Works

Glass, Philip

Etude no.2 (reworked by Christian Badzura)
Etude no.2
Etude no.3
Etude no.5
Etude no.6
Etude no.9
Etude no.13
Etude no.14
Etude no.15
Etude no.18
Etude no.20
Glassworks
» I Opening
» I Opening (reworked by Christian Badzura)

Artists

Vikingur Olafsson (piano)
Siggi String Quartet

About

This is a tribute to the master of minimal music, legendary Philip Glass, who turns 80 on 31 January 2017. In 2016 Philip Glass handpicked some pianists to perform all of his Etudes together at the Barbican in London. Víkingur Ólafsson was one of them and according to the press he was “the highlight of the evening” (Seen and Heard International). The Financial Times claimed: “Best of all was Ólafsson in the supersensitive stillness of Etude 5”.

Víkingur Ólafsson is an up-and-coming visionary pianist not only of technical sublimity but also of remarkable entrepreneurial abilities. Besides his growing career as a traditional concert pianist Víkingur Ólafsson has also collaborated with a range of contemporary composers and artists like Olafur Arnalds and Björk.

Reviews

In 2015, when Glass’s complete set of 20 Études for solo piano were presented – tag-team-style – by five different pianists (including the composer himself) at London’s Barbican Centre, the Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson’s performances stood out for their rare combination of sheer technical brilliance, expressive control and interpretative depth. ... Like Gould, there are idiosyncrasies here, and at times interpretative decisions that fly in the face of the printed score. But when the musical results are as overwhelmingly positive and impressive as they are here, then one can forgive occasional artistic leeway.  Pwyll ap Siôn
Gramophone April 2017
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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