35 Songs, 1 Hour 17 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This exquisite program of Bach won 2019’s BBC Music Magazine Recording of the Year award. Icelandic pianist Vikingur Olafsson takes us on a journey through the Baroque composer’s original pieces for keyboard, mixed in with breathtaking arrangements of chorale preludes, violin works, and cantata movements. This collection is, at once, symphonic in scope and profoundly intimate, and Olafsson beautifully expresses Bach’s timeless appeal. August Stradal’s arrangement of the Organ Sonata No. 4’s Adagio is a revelation, as are the Siloti and Rachmaninoff transcriptions—each heartrending and winsome. Elsewhere, Olafsson plays the preludes and fugues, sinfonias and inventions scattered throughout with consummate soul, and the lesser-known, witty Aria Variata at the album’s epicenter is a delightful discovery.

Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This exquisite program of Bach won 2019’s BBC Music Magazine Recording of the Year award. Icelandic pianist Vikingur Olafsson takes us on a journey through the Baroque composer’s original pieces for keyboard, mixed in with breathtaking arrangements of chorale preludes, violin works, and cantata movements. This collection is, at once, symphonic in scope and profoundly intimate, and Olafsson beautifully expresses Bach’s timeless appeal. August Stradal’s arrangement of the Organ Sonata No. 4’s Adagio is a revelation, as are the Siloti and Rachmaninoff transcriptions—each heartrending and winsome. Elsewhere, Olafsson plays the preludes and fugues, sinfonias and inventions scattered throughout with consummate soul, and the lesser-known, witty Aria Variata at the album’s epicenter is a delightful discovery.

Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
6 Ratings
6 Ratings
Birdienumnum ,

So where are the reviews? C'mon, folks . . .

If you love classical music and are perusing my burbling words, don't hesitate. Olafsson really is the Icelandic Glenn Gould. In other words, brilliant and soulful and unconventional. I am so glad my local classical station played this, what a discovery!

AmbroseOfMilan ,

Magical

The transcendent genius of Bach is revealed in many ways, one of which is the ability for new interpretations to find new beauties still, after centuries of constant play.

This album is a revelation, shattering in its revelatory beauty.

Twiho ,

Masterful

As good as his reworking of Glassworks

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