Wednesday 11 May 2022

Olafsson Rameau

 Since buying his revelatory CD, Debussy Rameau, I've become mildly obsessed with the Icelandic pianist Vikingur Olafsson. His Bach interpretations have deservedly won him great acclaim, and his exploration of Rameau's piano works in relation to those of his musical successor and admirer, Claude Debussy, should raise his reputation even higher. One of the highlights of an album full of wonders is Olafsson's transcription of Rameau's 'Entrée pour les Muses, les Zephyres, les Saisons, les Heures et les Arts' from his last opera, Les Boréades. I've posted this glorious piece in its original form before – here – and below is Vikingur Olafsson playing his equally beautiful version, with bonkers video embellishments, courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon: 

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