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Vikingur Olafsson


Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: October 6, 2022

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Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Var. 1
Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Aria
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Aria + Variation 1 (OPUS Klassik 2023)
Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Var. 18
1 J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988_Aria  
2 Variation 1  
3 Variation 2  
4 Variation 3  
5 Variation 4  
6 Variation 5  
7 Variation 6  
8 Variation 7  
9 Variation 8  
10 Variation 9  
11 Variation 10  
12 Variation 11  
13 Variation 12  
14 Variation 13  
15 Variation 14  
16 Variation 15  
17 Variation 16  
18 Variation 17  
19 Variation 18  
20 Variation 19  
21 Variation 20  
22 Variation 21  
23 Variation 22  
24 Variation 23  
25 Variation 24  
26 Variation 25  
27 Variation 26  
28 Variation 27  
29 Variation 28  
30 Variation 29  
31 Variation 30  
32 Aria Da Capo  
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Celebrated for his visionary interpretations of J.S. Bach, Víkingur Ólafsson, one of the greatest pianists and musical minds of today, now embraces Bach’s monumental Goldberg Variations. Ólafsson devotes his entire next season to touring the work globally across six continents, while October 2023 marks the anticipated album release on Deutsche Grammophon. “I have dreamed of recording this work for 25 years,” says the Icelandic pianist.

The album follows Ólafsson’s hugely successful DG recording of works by the composer, Johann Sebastian Bach (2018), which won BBC Music magazine’s Album of the Year, Opus Klassik’s Solo Recital award, numerous other recording of the year accolades and led to him being named Gramophone magazine’s Artist of the Year. Now Ólafsson brings his unique musical vision, and an affecting, meticulous recorded sound to Bach’s masterpiece. It marks the first time Ólafsson records a complete work and he begins with one of the most demanding in the piano repertoire.

Ólafsson dedicates his 2023-24 season to a Goldberg Variations world tour, performing the work across six continents throughout the year. He brings Bach’s masterpiece to major concert halls including London’s Southbank Centre, New York’s Carnegie Hall, Wiener Konzerthaus, Philharmonie de Paris, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Philharmonie Berlin, Harpa Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House, LA’s Walt Disney Hall, Sala São Paulo, Shanghai Symphony Hall, Tonhalle Zurich, KKL Luzern, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Mupa Budapest and Teatro Colón, to name a few.

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