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Vikingur Olafsson's much-anticipated new Debussy - Rameau album makes the GRAMOPHONE 'Listening Room'

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James Jolly's fortnightly playlist includes a taster of Víkingur Ólafsson's much-anticipated new album 'Debussy - Rameau', Ruby Hughes singing Rhian Samuel's Clytemnestra, Jean-Philippe Collard in Granados's Goyescas and Sheku Kanneh-Mason's Elgar Cello Concerto with Sir Simon Rattle

One of the most hotly anticipated albums this quarter is the third release for DG by Gramophone's current Artist of the Year, Víkingur Ólafsson. It's called 'Debussy - Rameau' (due out on March 27). It combines music by two composers Ólafsson considers ‘soul-mates', despite being born a couple of hundred years apart. DG has pre-released Jean-Philippe Rameau's Les tendres plaintes … (Having had a sneak preview of the entire album, it's going to be rather special!)

If ‘Debussy - Rameau' is the most exciting forthcoming release, the biggest discovery comes from BIS, and is a work for soprano and orchestra, Clytemnestra by the Welsh composer Rhian Samuel. Written in the mid 1990s for Della Jones, the work has been taken up by the soprano Ruby Hughes, who sings it with breath-taking intensity and beauty. Ruby spoke about the work with me for a Gramophone Podcast, and her passionate advocacy for the work translates wonderfully onto the recording.

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