Vikingur Olafsson: Debussy & Rameau | Deutsche Grammophon 4837701

Vikingur Olafsson: Debussy & Rameau

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Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Cat No: 4837701

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 27th March 2020

Contents

Works

Debussy, Claude

Children's Corner
» III Serenade for the Doll
» IV The Snow is Dancing
Estampes (3)
» no.3 Jardins sous la pluie (Gardens in the rain)
Images pour piano, Book 1
» II Hommage a Rameau
La Damoiselle elue
» Prelude
Preludes (12), Book 1
» no.6 Des pas sur la neige
» no.8 La fille aux cheveux de lin (The girl with the flaxen hair)
Preludes (12), Book 2
» no.8 Ondine

Rameau, Jean-Philippe

Les Boreades
» The Arts and the Hours (arr. V Olafsson for piano)
Nouvelles Suites de Pieces de Clavecin
» 10. Menuet I
» 11. Menuet II
» 12. La Poule
» 14. Les Sauvages
» 15. L'Enharmonique
» 16. L'Egyptienne
Pieces de Clavecin (24) avec une methode pour la mecanique des doigts
» Suite in D major: L'Entretien des Muses
» Suite in D major: La Joyeuse
» Suite in D major: Les Cyclopes
» Suite in D major: Les Tendres Plaintes
» Suite in D major: Les Tourbillons
» Suite in E minor: 3. Gigues en rondeau 1 & 2
» Suite in E minor: 4. Le rappel des oiseaux
» Suite in E minor: 5. Rigaudons 1 & 2
» Suite in E minor: 7. Musette en rondeau
» Suite in E minor: 8. Le Tambourin
» Suite in E minor: 9. La Villageoise (Rondeau)
Pieces de clavecin en concert (5 books)
» Fifth Concert in D minor: La Cupis
» Fourth Concert in B flat major: L'indiscrete
» Fourth Concert in B flat major: La Rameau

Artists

Vikingur Olafsson (piano)

Works

Debussy, Claude

Children's Corner
» III Serenade for the Doll
» IV The Snow is Dancing
Estampes (3)
» no.3 Jardins sous la pluie (Gardens in the rain)
Images pour piano, Book 1
» II Hommage a Rameau
La Damoiselle elue
» Prelude
Preludes (12), Book 1
» no.6 Des pas sur la neige
» no.8 La fille aux cheveux de lin (The girl with the flaxen hair)
Preludes (12), Book 2
» no.8 Ondine

Rameau, Jean-Philippe

Les Boreades
» The Arts and the Hours (arr. V Olafsson for piano)
Nouvelles Suites de Pieces de Clavecin
» 10. Menuet I
» 11. Menuet II
» 12. La Poule
» 14. Les Sauvages
» 15. L'Enharmonique
» 16. L'Egyptienne
Pieces de Clavecin (24) avec une methode pour la mecanique des doigts
» Suite in D major: L'Entretien des Muses
» Suite in D major: La Joyeuse
» Suite in D major: Les Cyclopes
» Suite in D major: Les Tendres Plaintes
» Suite in D major: Les Tourbillons
» Suite in E minor: 3. Gigues en rondeau 1 & 2
» Suite in E minor: 4. Le rappel des oiseaux
» Suite in E minor: 5. Rigaudons 1 & 2
» Suite in E minor: 7. Musette en rondeau
» Suite in E minor: 8. Le Tambourin
» Suite in E minor: 9. La Villageoise (Rondeau)
Pieces de clavecin en concert (5 books)
» Fifth Concert in D minor: La Cupis
» Fourth Concert in B flat major: L'indiscrete
» Fourth Concert in B flat major: La Rameau

Artists

Vikingur Olafsson (piano)

About

Fresh from his hugely acclaimed and multi-award winning album Johann Sebastian Bach , Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson’s third Deutsche Grammophon recording pairs works by two revolutionary French composers separated by a century-and-a-half: Jean-Philippe Rameau and Claude Debussy.

Debussy is most often called an impressionist. “People get lost a little bit in sound for the sake of sound”, Ólafsson comments. But the composer was also “a real perfectionist … there is this incredibly refined structure at work.” Rameau, “the bad boy of the French baroque”, likewise combined a strong sense of structure with a fondness for breaking conventions: “He broke the rules and paved the way for new ideas, new creativity, new spontaneity.” What unites the two composers, Ólafsson comments, is “a kind of freedom and discipline, juxtaposed”.

The album Debussy & Rameau alternates music by the two composers, creating an enthralling dialogue between them. Works are drawn from across both composers’ careers, with the Debussy selection including well known miniatures such as La Fille aux cheveux de lin as well as the less familiar Prélude to La Damoiselle élue arranged for piano solo. Rameau’s works are mainly drawn from his Pièces de clavecin collections of between 1724 and 1741. One of the album’s centrepieces is Ólafsson’s own Rameau arrangement The Arts and the Hours.

Ólafsson’s album concludes with a piece that connects the two composers directly: Debussy’s Hommage à Rameau from Images Book 1, a moving sarabande written as a tribute from one rule-breaking composer to another.

Reviews

After reviewing Vikingur Ólafsson’s disc of Bach (11/18) I was eager to hear what he’d do next and this certainly doesn’t disappoint. The disc is simply titled ‘Debussy Rameau’. It could have been a triumph of style over substance but, like the Bach, the programming here is truly inspired. … The highlights are many: the way the shadows of ‘Des pas sur la neige’, with its upward phrases, are dismissed by the cascading downward scales of ‘La Joyeuse’ from the 1724 Pièces de clavecin, a mood intensified by ‘Les Cyclopes’, built similarly on descending patterns but even more frenetic (the pianist’s complete control of dynamics and colours makes this a particular highlight).  Harriet Smith
Gramophone April 2020
He’s done it again. … While the older pieces by Rameau predominate, placing these Baroque masterpieces within the context of Debussy … underlines their remarkable modernity … There is never any doubt that this is Ólafsson’s vision of Rameau and Debussy, but it is also clearly rooted in love for each and their intertwining opens the eyes and the ears…  Christopher Dingle (Recording of the Month)
BBC Music Magazine June 2020
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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