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29.03.2022 20:00 (CEST)

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Víkingur Ólafsson @ Harpa: Bach, Beethoven and Glass

The DG STAGE World Piano Week would not be complete without a performance from the celebrated Icelandic pianist, Víkingur Ólafsson. Even more fitting is his choice of repertoire for this 2018 celebratory album release concert in Eldborg Hall in his native Reykjavik. Playing pieces from three pioneering forces for both classical music and the piano, Ólafsson guides the audience through three eras with the works of Bach, Beethoven, and Philip Glass. Coupling a selection of Bach’s large and small keyboard works with Beethoven’s C Minor “Pathétique” and two of Glass’s Etudes, the works not only reshaped the musical form of their time, but also revolutionised the status of the piano as an instrument. For Ólafsson, his approach is the same for all, treating each work as contemporary music, reborn with each performance, and solidifying the belief that great art always transcends the artist.


Johann Sebastian Bach
Organ Sonata No. 4 in E Minor, BWV 528 (Arr. August Stradal)
Prelude and Fugue in E Minor, BWV 855
Prelude and Fughetta, BWV 855a (Arr. Alexander Siloti)
Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 850
Invention in B Minor, BWV 786
Concerto in D Minor, BWV 974 – I. Andante
“Ich ruf zu dir Herr Jesu Christ”, Prelude BWV 639 (Arr. Ferruccio Busoni)
Prelude and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 847
Aria variata in A minor, BWV 989
Fantasia and Fugue in A minor, BWV 904

Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13 “Pathétique”

Philip Glass
Piano Etude No.9
Piano Etude No.3

Johann Sebastian Bach
“Widerstehe doch der Sünde”, BWV 54

Víkingur Ólafsson, piano

recorded at the Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavík, Iceland in 2018


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