Want French piano music? Go to Iceland

Want French piano music? Go to Iceland


norman lebrecht

March 13, 2020

From the Lebrecht Album of the Week:

The place to go these days to hear French piano music is Iceland. The best-selling, innovative Bach interpreter Víkingur Ólafsson has taken a pair of French composers two centuries apart and effectively melded their music into one by the simple method of interleaving short pieces across a whole album.

The outcome is astonishing in respect of both Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764) and Claude Debussy (1862-1918), revealing unsuspected aspects in both masters…


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  • Larry W says:

    Víkingur is yet another example of the “Why not?” mentality that drives artistic creativity in Iceland.

  • Olassus says:

    His Bach album is all bits and pieces too.