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Vinkingur Olafsson

Mozart & Contemporaries (CD)

Víkingur Ólafsson’s thought-provoking programme for Mozart & Contemporaries features some of his favourite Mozart keyboard works juxtaposed with pieces by a selection of the composer’s leading contemporaries: Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714–1788); Joseph Haydn (1732–1809); Baldassare Galuppi (1706–1785); and Domenico Cimarosa (1749–1801).

“Far from the glowing image of the angelic prodigy, the music on this album is mostly by the Mozart of the 1780s, a grown man and a mature composer – who in the preceding years had come to know adversity,” explained Víkingur Ólafsson. “This is the period when Mozart was not just perfecting the Classical tradition but subtly subverting it, his graceful touch as featherlight as always but the shadows darker, the nuances and ambiguities more profound.”

TRACK LIST

1 Galuppi: Andante spiritoso from Piano Sonata No. 9 in F minor

2 Mozart: Rondo in F major, K 494

3 C.P.E. Bach: Rondo II in D minor, H 290

4 Cimarosa: Sonata No. 42 in D minor (Arr. by Víkingur Ólafsson)

5 Mozart: Fantasia in D minor, K 397 (Fragment)

6 Mozart: Rondo in D major, K 485

7 Cimarosa: Sonata No. 55 in A minor (Arr. by Víkingur Ólafsson)

8 Haydn: Piano Sonata No. 47 in B minor: I. Allegro moderato

9 Haydn: Piano Sonata No. 47 in B minor: II. Menuet

10 Haydn: Piano Sonata No. 47 in B minor: III. Finale - Presto

11 Mozart: Kleine Gigue in G, K 574

12 Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 16 in C major, K 545 “Sonata facile”: I. Allegro

13 Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 16 in C major, K 545 “Sonata facile”: II. Andante

14 Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 16 in C major, K 545 “Sonata facile”: III. Rondo. Allegretto

15 Mozart: Adagio in E flat, arr. by Víkingur Ólafsson from String Quintet No. 3 in G minor, K 516 

16 Galuppi:  Larghetto from Piano Sonata No. 34 in C minor

17 Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor, K 457: I. Molto allegro

18 Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor, K 457: II. Adagio

19 Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor, K 457: III. Allegro assai

20 Mozart: Adagio in B minor, K 540

21 Mozart: Ave verum corpus, K 618 (Transcr. for solo piano by Franz Liszt)