Philip Glass - Piano Works (LP) | Deutsche Grammophon 4797258

Philip Glass - Piano Works (LP)


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Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Cat No: 4797258

Format: LP

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 31st March 2017



This is a tribute to the master of minimal music, legendary Philip Glass, who turned 80 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. In a similarly experimental vein this album includes reworks besides the originals for solo piano in a captivating string quartet arrangement

Recorded in Reykjavik's Harpa, an impressive, state-of-the-art concert hall with a famous glass exterior, which was designed by Icelandic artist Ólafur Elíasson and put Iceland on the map of architectural highlights after completion in 2011.

“Born to play piano” – New York Sun

“Iceland’s rising star of a pianist” – Sunday Times

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