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Vikingur Olafsson - Johann Sebastian Bach is the WRTI: Classical Album of the Week

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Fresh, emotional, crystalline as glacial water - these are words to describe Icelandic pianist Vikingur Ólafsson's stunning recording, released this season by Deutsche Grammophon, of music of Johann Sebastian Bach. "Bach is a free country." So writes Ólaffson, quoting a "wise man" at the beginning of his own extensive liner notes to the album. This intriguing idea encapsulates the interpretive dilemma and opportunity facing every performer of Bach's music - that although "the musical structures are very detailed, there are hardly any indications as to how you should go about shaping them in performance."

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