Debussy - Rameau (Víkingur Ólafsson, Piano) (Double Vinyl / 2LP)

Fresh from his hugely acclaimed and multi -award-winning album Johann Sebastian Bach, Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson’s third Deutsche Grammophon recording pairs works by two revolutionary French composers separated by a century and a half: Jean-Philippe Rameau and Claude Debussy.
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ForlagDeutsche Grammaphon
SolistVíkingur Ólafsson
Debussy is most often called an impressionist. “People get lost a little bit in sound for the sake of sound”, Ólafsson comments. But the composer was also “a real perfectionist... there is this incredibly refined structure at work.” Rameau, “the bad boy of the French baroque”, likewise combined a strong sense of structure with a fondness for breaking conventions: “He broke the rules and paved the way for new ideas, new creativity, new spontaneity.” What unites the two composers, Ólafsson comments, is “a kind of freedom and discipline, juxtaposed”. The album Debussy & Rameau alternates music by the two composers, creating an enthralling dialogue between them. Works are drawn from across both composers’ careers, with the Debussy selection including well-known miniatures such as La Fille aux cheveux de lin as well as the less familiar Prelude to La Damoiselle élue arranged for piano solo.

Rameau’s works are mainly drawn from his Pièces de clavecin collections of between 1724 and 1741. One of the album’s centrepieces is Ólafsson’s own Rameau arrangement The Arts and the Hours. Ólafsson’s album concludes with a piece that connects the two composers directly: Debussy’s Hommage à Rameau from Images book 1, a moving sarabande written as a tribute from one rule -breaking composer to another.

Debussy: Children's Corner
Debussy: Des pas sur le neige (from Préludes - Book 1)
Debussy: Estampe No. 3 - Jardins sous la pluie
Debussy: Hommage à Rameau (No. 2 from Images pour piano - Book 1)
Debussy: La damoiselle élue: Prelude
Debussy: La fille aux cheveux de lin (from Préludes - Book 1: No. 8)
Debussy: Ondine (from Préludes - Book 2)
Rameau: Concert No. 4 in B flat major
Rameau: Gigue en rondeau I & II
Rameau: L'Egyptienne
Rameau: L'Enharmonique
Rameau: L'Entretien des muses
Rameau: La Cupis in D minor
Rameau: La joyeuse
Rameau: La poule
Rameau: La villageoise
Rameau: Le rappel des oiseaux
Rameau: Les Cyclopes
Rameau: Les Sauvages
Rameau: Les tendres plaintes
Rameau: Musette en rondeau
Rameau: Pièces de Clavecin 1724: Les Tourbillons
Rameau: Tambourin
Rameau: The Arts and the Hours