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Vikingur Olafsson - Johann Sebastian Bach is WCRB 'CD of the Week'

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After completing his studies, Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson became a "student" of Bach and immersed himself in his music. "He was just the teacher I needed: the kind that teaches you to be your own teacher." His stunning new recording of original and transcribed works by Bach is WCRB's CD of the Week.

Víkingur Ólafsson begins his notes for his new Bach CD by remembering some wise words given to him when he was a young student: Bach is a free country. The meaning? For those who want to bring Bach's music to life, "every element is up for debate." Bach tells you almost nothing about how to play his music. Tempos, articulations, dynamics – all are left to the imagination of the performer. It's essential to have absorbed what's known about the styles and trends of Bach's time. But after that comes a whole lot of soul-searching for what feels and sounds right.

Vikingur Olafsson - Johann Sebastian Bach is WCRB: Boston 'CD of the Week.' READ THE FULL WCRB: Boston REVIEW