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Vikingur Olafsson

Debussy - Rameau

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Debussy: La fille aux cheveux de lin, Preludes Op.1, No.8
The Arts and the Hours (Transcr. Olafsson)
Tiny Desk (Home) Concert
1 Debussy: La damoiselle elue, L. 62 - Prelude  
2 Rameau: Le Rappel des oiseaux  
3 Rameau: 6. Rigaudons 1, 2 & Double  
4 Rameau: Musette en rondeau  
5 Rameau: Tambourin  
6 Rameau: La Villageoise  
7 Rameau: Gigues en rondeau 1 & 2  
8 Debussy: Estampes, L. 100 - 3. Jardins sous la pluie  
9 Debussy: Children's Corner, L. 113 - 3. Serenade for the Doll  
10 Debussy: Children's Corner, L. 113 - 4. The Snow Is Dancing  
11 Rameau: Les tendres plaintes  
12 Rameau: Les tourbillons  
13 Rameau: L'entretien des Muses  
14 Debussy: Preludes / Book 1, L. 117 - 6. Des pas sur la neige  
15 Rameau: La joyeuse  
16 Rameau: Les Cyclopes  
17 Rameau, Olafsson: The Arts and the Hours  
18 Debussy: Preludes / Book 1, L. 117 - 8. La fille aux cheveux de lin  
19 Debussy: Preludes / Book 2, L. 123 - 8. Ondine  
20 Rameau: Cinquieme concert - 2. La Cupis  
21 Rameau: Quatrieme concert - 2. L'indiscrete  
22 Rameau: Quatrieme concert - 3. La Rameau  
23 Rameau: La Poule  
24 Rameau: L'Enharmonique  
25 Rameau: Menuets 1 & 2  
26 Rameau: Les Sauvages  
27 Rameau: L'Egyptienne  
28 Debussy: Images - Book 1, L. 110 - 2. Hommage a Rameau  
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Debussy has been with me as far back as I can remember, but my first encounter with the keyboard music of Rameau was Emil Gilels' 1951 recording of "Le rappel des oiseaux", which I came across during my student days in New York. I was immediately fascinated by the music and how well it lends itself to the modern piano, at least in Gilels' noble rendition, with its layered textures and light and shades. But it wasn't until the spring of 2019, as I waited for the birth of my first child that I finally had the chance, having cleared some weeks in my concert schedule, to sit down with all of Rameau's published keyboard works and read through every one of them. A world of wonder revealed itself: ingenious works of remarkable diversity, rarely programmed or recorded on the modern instrument. - Vikingur Olafsson

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