Johann Sebastian Bach - Keyboard Works | Deutsche Grammophon 4835022

Johann Sebastian Bach - Keyboard Works


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Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Cat No: 4835022

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 7th September 2018



35 tracks and just one name: Johann Sebastian Bach. Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson continues his successful recording career with a collection of well and lesser known pieces by the famous baroque composer.

The selection includes reworks by Bach himself of composers such as Vivaldi and Marcello, and Busoni and transcriptions/reworks of chorales by Víkingur Ólafsson himself.

Víkingur Ólafsson’s interpretations of the baroque repertoire are crystal clear, modern and hauntingly beautiful. In his very own style Víkingur perfectly captures Bach as a master of balance whose music is the ideal combination of emotion and intellect, singing melody and sculpted counterpoint.

“Iceland's Glenn Gould” – The New York Times

“Spectacular results, his phrasing is perfection” – BBC Music Magazine

“Breathtakingly brilliant pianist” – Gramophone

“Volcanic temperament, great virtuosity, a taste for challenges” – Le Monde


Intermingling celebrated transcriptions with some of Bach’s preludes, fugues, inventions, sinfonias, partita movements and with the A minor Variations BWV 989 which form the structural heart of this performance – this disc really does feel luke a perforamnce – Ólafsson creates a ravishing musical sequence.  Michael Church (Recording of the Month)
BBC Music Magazine Christmas 2018
Not exactly being a fan of Philip Glass’s music, this is the first time I’ve encountered Víkingur Ólafsson on disc, though I was very taken with his Bach in concert last year. That impression is deepened by this disc: here is an artist who palpably adores and reveres JSB in equal measure, and makes sense of a programme that could have sounded bitty – 35 tracks, with the biggest work being the youthful Aria variata (alla maniera italiana). ... DG’s engineers have done this remarkable musician proud. I can’t wait to hear what he does next.  Harriet Smith
Gramophone November 2018
Gramophone Editor's Choice BBC Music Magazine Award Winner

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