℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon DG
Released October 7, 2022
Duration 1h 43m 23s
Genre Classical
 

From Afar

Víkingur Ólafsson

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Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 599-644  
1.1
Christe, du Lamm Gottes, BWV 619 (Arr. Kurtág / Grand Piano)
Víkingur Ólafsson
1:37
6 Studies in Canonic Form, Op. 56  
1.2
No. 1, Nicht zu schnell (Grand Piano)
Víkingur Ólafsson
1:56
Sonata for Solo Violin No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1005  
1.3
I. Adagio (Arr. Víkingur Ólafsson / Grand Piano)
Víkingur Ólafsson
4:14
Játékok / Book 3  
1.4
Harmonica (Hommage á Borsody László / Grand Piano)
Víkingur Ólafsson
0:59
3 Hungarian Folksongs from the Csìk, Sz. 35a  
1.5
I. Rubato (Grand Piano)
Víkingur Ólafsson
1:11
1.6
II. L’istesso tempo (Grand Piano)
Víkingur Ólafsson
0:55
1.7
III. Poco vivo (Grand Piano)
Víkingur Ólafsson
1:15
7 Fantasies, Op. 116  
1.8
No. 4, Intermezzo (Adagio) in E Major (Grand Piano)
Víkingur Ólafsson
5:01
Játékok / Book 5  
1.9
A Voice in the Distance (Grand Piano)
Víkingur Ólafsson
1:51
1.10
Where Life and Death May Dwell (Icelandic Folk Song / Grand Piano)
Víkingur Ólafsson
1:53
Trio Sonata No. 1 in E-Flat Major, BWV 525  
1.11
I. (Allegro moderato / Transcr. Kurtág / Grand Piano)
Víkingur Ólafsson; Halla Oddný Magnúsdóttir
2:24
1.12
Ave María (Arr. Víkingur Ólafsson / Grand Piano)
Víkingur Ólafsson
3:37
Játékok / Book 1  
1.13
Little Chorale (Grand Piano)
Víkingur Ólafsson
1:07
Vesperae solennes de confessore in C Major, K. 339  
1.14
V. Laudate Dominum omnes gentes (Arr. Víkingur Ólafsson / Grand Piano)
Víkingur Ólafsson
4:56
Játékok / Book 1  
1.15
Sleepily (Grand Piano)
Víkingur Ólafsson
1:04
Kinderszenen, Op. 15  
1.16
No. 7, Träumerei (Grand Piano)
Víkingur Ólafsson
2:40
Játékok / Book 7  
1.17
Flowers We Are (Grand Piano)
Víkingur Ólafsson
1:19
1.18
The Branch (Grand Piano)
Víkingur Ólafsson
1:21
Játékok / Book 1  
1.19
Twittering (Grand Piano)
Víkingur Ólafsson; Halla Oddný Magnúsdóttir
1:26
Waldszenen, Op. 82  
1.20
No. 7, Vogel als Prophet (Grand Piano)
Víkingur Ólafsson
3:53
7 Fantasies, Op. 116  
1.21
No. 5, Intermezzo (Andante con grazia ed intimissimo sentimento) in E Minor (Grand Piano)
Víkingur Ólafsson
3:31
Játékok / Book 3  
1.22
Scraps of a Colinda Melody - Faintly Recollected (Hommage à Farkas Ferenc / Grand Piano)
Víkingur Ólafsson
3:20
Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 599-644  
2.1
Christe, du Lamm Gottes, BWV 619 (Arr. Kurtág / Upright Piano)
Víkingur Ólafsson
1:45
6 Studies in Canonic Form, Op. 56  
2.2
No. 1, Nicht zu schnell (Upright Piano)
Víkingur Ólafsson
1:57
Sonata for Solo Violin No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1005  
2.3
I. Adagio (Arr. Víkingur Ólafsson / Upright Piano)
Víkingur Ólafsson
4:01
Játékok / Book 3  
2.4
Harmonica (Hommage á Borsody László / Upright Piano)
Víkingur Ólafsson
0:43
3 Hungarian Folksongs from the Csìk, Sz. 35a  
2.5
I. Rubato (Upright Piano)
Víkingur Ólafsson
1:10
2.6
II. L’istesso tempo (Upright Piano)
Víkingur Ólafsson
1:01
2.7
III. Poco vivo (Upright Piano)
Víkingur Ólafsson
1:19
7 Fantasies, Op. 116  
2.8
No. 4, Intermezzo (Adagio) in E Major (Upright Piano)
Víkingur Ólafsson
5:01
Játékok / Book 5  
2.9
A Voice in the Distance (Upright Piano)
Víkingur Ólafsson
2:00
2.10
Where Life and Death May Dwell (Icelandic Folk Song / Upright Piano)
Víkingur Ólafsson
1:45
Trio Sonata No. 1 in E-Flat Major, BWV 525  
2.11
I. (Allegro moderato / Transcr. Kurtág / Upright Piano)
Víkingur Ólafsson; Halla Oddný Magnúsdóttir
2:31
2.12
Ave María (Arr. Víkingur Ólafsson / Upright Piano)
Víkingur Ólafsson
3:36
Játékok / Book 1  
2.13
Little Chorale (Upright Piano)
Víkingur Ólafsson
1:34
Vesperae solennes de confessore in C Major, K. 339  
2.14
V. Laudate Dominum omnes gentes (Arr. Víkingur Ólafsson / Upright Piano)
Víkingur Ólafsson
4:57
Játékok / Book 1  
2.15
Sleepily (Upright Piano)
Víkingur Ólafsson
1:18
Kinderszenen, Op. 15  
2.16
No. 7, Träumerei (Upright Piano)
Víkingur Ólafsson
2:41
Játékok / Book 7  
2.17
Flowers We Are (Upright Piano)
Víkingur Ólafsson
1:14
2.18
The Branch (Upright Piano)
Víkingur Ólafsson
1:19
Játékok / Book 1  
2.19
Twittering (Upright Piano)
Víkingur Ólafsson; Halla Oddný Magnúsdóttir
1:13
Waldszenen, Op. 82  
2.20
No. 7, Vogel als Prophet (Upright Piano)
Víkingur Ólafsson
3:47
7 Fantasies, Op. 116  
2.21
No. 5, Intermezzo (Andante con grazia ed intimissimo sentimento) in E Minor (Upright Piano)
Víkingur Ólafsson
3:34
Játékok / Book 3  
2.22
Scraps of a Colinda Melody - Faintly Recollected (Hommage à Farkas Ferenc / Upright Piano)
Víkingur Ólafsson
3:27
Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson reflects on his musical life story, from childhood memories to his international career and contemporary inspirations, on his new album From Afar. The deeply personal double album was inspired by Víkingur Ólafsson’s life-changing meeting with his hero, 96-year-old Hungarian composer and pianist György Kurtág, at the Budapest Music Center in September 2021 which gave him “a feeling of lightness and joy” and sparked memories of music he loved as a child. Víkingur Ólafsson explained, “Talking with him and playing for him genuinely gave me a different perspective on life and on music.” After the meeting he wanted to write a thank you note but was unable to find the right words. Instead a musical map started to form in his head, with Kurtág’s own music as a compass. The result is From Afar (a title inspired by Kurtág’s Aus der Ferne), which is a tribute to his hero, a reflection of his musical life story, and his most personal album to date. Víkingur Ólafsson recorded his new album, From Afar, on both grand piano and on felt-covered upright capturing two distinct soundworlds – the intimacy of the upright and the unlimited colours of the grand. His childhood was marked by his relationship with the different timbres of two pianos – his parents’ grand piano and an upright piano he practised on in his bedroom. From Afar features works by Bach, Mozart, Schumann, Brahms and Bartók, alongside Icelandic and Hungarian folk songs, a world premiere by Thomas Adès, three previously unreleased transcriptions by Ólafsson, and interconnecting pieces composed by György Kurtág. “It is more personal than my previous works. It connects very deeply to my childhood and it pays homage to one of my favourite composers of all time. Throughout the album, there are intimate conversations and messages from afar – closely knit canons, transcriptions and dedications, as well as distant echoes of nearly forgotten, ancient melodies.” - Víkingur Ólafsson
192 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Deutsche Grammophon (DG) Studio Masters
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1.1
Christe, du Lamm Gottes, BWV 619 (Arr. Kurtág / Grand Piano)
-6.33-27.18-24.214
1.2
No. 1, Nicht zu schnell (Grand Piano)
-3.56-22.78-19.811
1.3
I. Adagio (Arr. Víkingur Ólafsson / Grand Piano)
-3.74-26.90-23.515
1.4
Harmonica (Hommage á Borsody László / Grand Piano)
-11.22-35.85-30.115
1.5
I. Rubato (Grand Piano)
-7.52-27.36-24.112
1.6
II. L’istesso tempo (Grand Piano)
-5.81-26.76-22.211
1.7
III. Poco vivo (Grand Piano)
-4.37-24.96-20.712
1.8
No. 4, Intermezzo (Adagio) in E Major (Grand Piano)
-0.50-25.08-21.115
1.9
A Voice in the Distance (Grand Piano)
-15.62-37.58-33.912
1.10
Where Life and Death May Dwell (Icelandic Folk Song / Grand Piano)
-2.80-28.88-24.615
1.11
I. (Allegro moderato / Transcr. Kurtág / Grand Piano)
-2.36-21.64-18.613
1.12
Ave María (Arr. Víkingur Ólafsson / Grand Piano)
-5.35-27.33-24.713
1.13
Little Chorale (Grand Piano)
-10.65-35.57-30.515
1.14
V. Laudate Dominum omnes gentes (Arr. Víkingur Ólafsson / Grand Piano)
-4.49-26.40-23.914
1.15
Sleepily (Grand Piano)
-10.47-31.77-28.511
1.16
No. 7, Träumerei (Grand Piano)
-2.77-27.84-24.912
1.17
Flowers We Are (Grand Piano)
-15.85-40.10-35.812
1.18
The Branch (Grand Piano)
-1.64-27.32-23.815
1.19
Twittering (Grand Piano)
-13.65-36.15-30.913
1.20
No. 7, Vogel als Prophet (Grand Piano)
-0.56-26.68-22.315
1.21
No. 5, Intermezzo (Andante con grazia ed intimissimo sentimento) in E Minor (Grand Piano)
-4.23-25.97-22.413
1.22
Scraps of a Colinda Melody - Faintly Recollected (Hommage à Farkas Ferenc / Grand Piano)
-12.13-38.81-33.815
2.1
Christe, du Lamm Gottes, BWV 619 (Arr. Kurtág / Upright Piano)
-1.70-25.18-22.015
2.2
No. 1, Nicht zu schnell (Upright Piano)
-2.38-20.04-17.111
2.3
I. Adagio (Arr. Víkingur Ólafsson / Upright Piano)
-6.33-26.99-23.914
2.4
Harmonica (Hommage á Borsody László / Upright Piano)
-10.98-33.78-29.315
2.5
I. Rubato (Upright Piano)
-3.11-26.86-23.214
2.6
II. L’istesso tempo (Upright Piano)
-4.93-28.49-24.014
2.7
III. Poco vivo (Upright Piano)
-2.56-25.66-21.513
2.8
No. 4, Intermezzo (Adagio) in E Major (Upright Piano)
-0.50-24.62-21.316
2.9
A Voice in the Distance (Upright Piano)
-8.96-37.12-33.519
2.10
Where Life and Death May Dwell (Icelandic Folk Song / Upright Piano)
-1.47-23.90-19.714
2.11
I. (Allegro moderato / Transcr. Kurtág / Upright Piano)
-4.42-21.43-18.611
2.12
Ave María (Arr. Víkingur Ólafsson / Upright Piano)
-3.21-26.14-23.514
2.13
Little Chorale (Upright Piano)
-4.25-32.42-27.117
2.14
V. Laudate Dominum omnes gentes (Arr. Víkingur Ólafsson / Upright Piano)
-1.01-23.91-21.415
2.15
Sleepily (Upright Piano)
-6.16-29.22-25.613
2.16
No. 7, Träumerei (Upright Piano)
-7.21-27.90-24.813
2.17
Flowers We Are (Upright Piano)
-13.67-36.02-31.313
2.18
The Branch (Upright Piano)
-3.61-27.51-24.113
2.19
Twittering (Upright Piano)
-8.77-37.91-33.220
2.20
No. 7, Vogel als Prophet (Upright Piano)
-2.85-26.20-22.214
2.21
No. 5, Intermezzo (Andante con grazia ed intimissimo sentimento) in E Minor (Upright Piano)
-3.13-26.20-23.014
2.22
Scraps of a Colinda Melody - Faintly Recollected (Hommage à Farkas Ferenc / Upright Piano)
-11.61-36.34-31.615

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