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Philip Glass Piano Works Víkingur Olafsson

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a different view to a minimal work..

Ólafsson brings to bear a supple sense of phrasing and wide-ranging gestural palette . . . He finds 1,000 flavors of repetition. Anyone who wants a point of entry to, or refresher course on Glass's music need listen no further than here to find bold, dramatic interpretations of his work..
Record Review / Christian Carey, Sequenza 21 / 31. January 2017

Ólafsson plays Glass with] mesmeric beauty . . . In his hands the slow motion of the music's shifting patterns and colours is almost hallucinogenic.
Record Review / Richard Fairman, Financial Times (London) / 07. April 2017


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As one listens to the opening track entitled "Openings", it is immediately clear that this is not your ordinary classical piano solo material. Instead it feels more abstract, definitely modern. Can classical music be modern? Absolutely . . . a pure delight from start to finish. Well harnessed and restrained at just the right moments, this album of Philip Glass piano solos by one of the rising stars in the classical music world is a must have for any discerning collector of such musical ilks..
Record Review / Russell Trunk, / 01. February 2017

[Olafsson plays Glass's Études] from a personal place of detachment but with all the subtlety and nuance they require. His performance of the final Étude No. 20 is striking for its otherworldly feel . . . Olafsson has produced a very fine performance . . . The calibre of his playing assures he will always stand out..
Record Review / Alex Baran, Wholenote Magazine (Toronto) / 28. March 2017


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this very nicely produced selection of the Études has impeccable musicianship and an air of quiet authenticity stamped all over it . . . Dynamic contrast and phrasing is a vital aspect of these pieces, and Ólaffson's touch is impeccable in this regard . . . As a well-chosen selection and a sublimely well performed and produced album, this Deutsche Grammophon release has much to recommend it. With perfectly chosen tempi, Víkingur Ólaffson's playing combines late-romantic expressiveness, without too much rubato messing around, with the beating-heart-of-the-big-city energy which is exactly what this music needs . . . [this album] will be a juicy treat in which to wallow for a long time to come.
Record Review / Dominy Clements, MusicWeb International (Coventry) / 01. April 2017

. . . [Ólafsson's performances of Glass stand out] for their rare combination of technical brilliance, expressive control and interpretive depth . . . [his interpretations of the études] inhabit a distinct and extraordinary world all their own . . . Ólafsson possesses that rare gift of illuminating a familiar work in unexpected ways, revealing hidden depths and drawing out its best qualities. In Glass's music, each repetition is enriched by subtle changes in colour and articulation, as if Ólafsson were continually refreshing the page on his musical server . . . [the musical results are] overwhelmingly positive and impressive . . . [on two tracks the superb Siggi Quartet join] this breathtakingly brilliant pianist.
Record Review / Pwyll ap Siôn, Songlines (London) / 10. April 2017

. . . [in this selection of Glass etudes,] Vikingur Ólafsson captures a sense of reflection and development. Inner voicing is tackled with bravura, and his phrasing is perfection. Ólafsson's understanding of contrast is also effective -- witness his deliciously refined exploration of the extremities of the keyboard in the gently undulating No. 2. The dynamic range and emotional intensity of No. 6 is equally powerful . . . [in No. 20] Ólafsson carefully considers every syntax, emphasis and intended meaning, with spectacular results . . . ["Opening" from "Glassworks" bookends the etudes with] glorious stringscapes and filmic melodies.
Record Review / Claire Jackson, BBC Music Magazine (London) / 01. May 2017


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