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VIkingur Olafsson on what makes a winning combination / LIMELIGHT

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Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson has won the Limelight Recording of the Year 2020 for his album pairing music by Debussy and Rameau on Deutsche Grammophon. This may be only his third recording for the Yellow Label, but Ólafsson has made repeated waves thanks to his distinctive and refreshing approach to programming coupled with a breathtaking clarity of technique. Clive Paget caught up with him at home in Reykjavík to discuss the pianist's relationships with each of the two composers, how the album came together, and why, for Ólafsson, an award from an Aussie magazine is especially welcome.  Photos © Ari Magg / Deutsche Grammophon

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