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From Afar by Víkingur Ólafsson - Ltd. Excl. Crystal Clear 2LP + Signed Art Card - shop now at Deutsche Grammophon store
From Afar by Víkingur Ólafsson - Ltd. Excl. Crystal Clear 2LP + Signed Art Card - shop now at Deutsche Grammophon store
From Afar by Víkingur Ólafsson - Ltd. Excl. Crystal Clear 2LP + Signed Art Card - shop now at Deutsche Grammophon store

Víkingur Ólafsson From Afar

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Childhood memories and a tribute to a musical hero are the inspiration behind Víkingur Ólafsson’s most personal album to date. The Icelandic pianist presents FromAfar, a unique double album containing two recordings of the same repertoire, one played on a Steinway concert grand, the other on an upright piano. Available as a special D2C double LP gatefold edition (180g crystal clear vinyl), it includes a 4page insert featuring a fascinating extended essay by Ólafsson himself as well as a high-quality autographed artprint. Named after Aus der Ferne by György Kurtág, one of the pianist’s favourite composers, From Afar began to take shape not long after the two men first met, in September 2021. Unable to find the right words to thank Kurtág for an encounter that left him with “a feeling of lightness and joy”, Ólafsson instead found the right music. Describing the album as “a letter to a friend”, he has chosen a selection of the Hungarian composer’s original miniatures and transcriptions. Interspersed with these are Icelandic and Hungarian folksongs, and works by Schumann, Brahms and Thomas Adès, among others, many of which are rooted in the pianist’s musical past. The soundworlds conjured by the two instruments Ólafsson plays here are very different, but both are equally rich in colour and atmosphere. From Afar will be released by Deutsche Grammophon on 7 October 2022.

Tracklist:

LP 1 Grand Piano

Side A

01 J.S. Bach: Christe, du Lamm Gottes, BWV 619 (Arr. G. Kurtág)

02: Schumann: Study in Canonic Form, Op. 56 No. 1

03: J.S. Bach: Adagio from Sonata for Solo Violin in C major (Arr. Víkingur Ólafsson)

04: Kurtág: Harmonica (Hommage á Borsody László) (From Játékok / Book 3)

05: Bartók: I. Rubato (Three Hungarian Folksongs from the Csìk)

06: Bartók: II. L'istesso tempo (Three Hungarian Folksongs from the Csìk)

07: Bartók: III. Poco vivo (Three Hungarian Folksongs from the Csìk)

08: Brahms: Intermezzo Op. 116, No. 4

09: Kurtág: A Voice in the Distance (From Játékok / Book 5)

10: Birgisson: Where Life and Death May Dwell (Icelandic Folk Song)

11: J.S.Bach: Trio Sonata No. 1, BWV 525: 1. Allegro moderato (Transcr. G. Kurtág)

Side B

01: Kaldalóns: Ave María (Arr. Víkingur Ólafsson)

02: Kurtág: Little Chorale (From Játékok / Book 1)

03: Mozart: Laudate Dominum (Arr. Víkingur Ólafsson)

04: Kurtág: Sleepily (From Játékok / Book 1)

05: Schumann: Träumerei Op. 15, No. 7

06: Kurtág: Flowers We Are (From Játékok / Book 7)

07: Adès: The Branch (Az Ág)

08: Kurtág: Twittering (From Játékok / Book 1)

09: Schumann: Vogel als Prophet Op. 82, No. 7

10: Kurtág: Scraps of a Colinda Melody – Faintly Recollected (Hommage à Farkas Ferenc) (From Játékok / Book 3)

LP 2 Upright Piano

Side C

01 J.S. Bach: Christe, du Lamm Gottes, BWV 619 (Arr. G. Kurtág)

02: Schumann: Study in Canonic form, Op. 56 No. 1

03: J.S. Bach: Adagio from Sonata for Solo Violin in C Major (Arr. Víkingur Ólafsson)

04: Kurtág: Harmonica (Hommage á Borsody László) (From Játékok / Book 3)

05: Bartók: I. Rubato (Three Hungarian Folksongs from the Csìk)

06: Bartók: II. L'istesso tempo (Three Hungarian Folksongs from the Csìk)

07: Bartók: III. Poco vivo (Three Hungarian Folksongs from th

08: Brahms: Intermezzo Op. 116, No. 4

09: Kurtág: A Voice in the Distance (From Játékok / Book 5)

10: Birgisson: Where Life and Death May Dwell (Icelandic Folk Song)

11: J.S.Bach: Trio Sonata No. 1, BWV 525: 1. Allegro moderato (Transcr. G. Kurtág)

Side D

01: Kaldalóns: Ave María (Arr. Víkingur Ólafsson)

02: Kurtág: Little Chorale (From Játékok / Book 1)

03: Mozart: Laudate Dominum (Arr. Víkingur Ólafsson)

04: Kurtág: Sleepily (From Játékok / Book 1)

05: Schumann: Träumerei Op. 15, No. 7

06: Kurtág: Flowers We Are (From Játékok / Book 7)

07: Adès: The Branch (Az Ág)

08: Kurtág: Twittering (From Játékok / Book 1)

09: Schumann: Vogel als Prophet Op. 82, No. 7

10: Kurtág: Scraps of a Colinda Melody – Faintly Recollected (Hommage à Farkas Ferenc) (From Játékok / Book 3)