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Víkingur Heiðar Ólafsson

Philip Glass - Piano Works

Víkingur plays Étude No. 5

Tickets for Víkingur Ólafsson’s release concert in Eldborg tonight are sold out

Featuring a selection of Philip Glass’s Piano Etudes, the Icelandic pianist’s debut Deutsche Grammophon album was released in January under the name, Philip Glass: Piano Works. At the beginning of this week Ólafsson jumped to the fourth place in the Official German Classical Charts.

Recording of the album took place in Harpa which was particularly appropriated since Víkingur met the composer there for the first time in 2014. Philip Glass in considered among the most important composers of music history and is among the most influential musicians of the 20th century.

Tha album has been largely praised by critics:

“Volcanic temperament, great virtuosity, a taste for challenges.”
-Le Monde

“A daring and unique artist”

“This is, frankly, one of the best single discs of Glass piano music I’ve ever heard, with a full spectrum of dynamics heard along with both personal utterances and works of true grandeur”
-Buffalo News

“With his interpretation of the piano etudes of Philip Glass, the 32-year-old musician achieves nothing less than a pianistic masterpiece of deep emotions and overwhelming force”

Special guest at the concert is Siggi String Quartet which plays two songs on the album with Víkingur.