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“The new superstar of classical piano”
—Daily Telegraph (UK)

Dubbed “Iceland’s Glenn Gould” by the New York Times for his ability to play “breathlessly fast [tempi]…with crispness and clarity and never [seeming] hard-pressed,” pianist Vikingur Ólafsson is distinguished not only by his keyboard prowess, but by his creative and probing approach to programming—as in this Hayes Piano Series recital, based on his lauded 2021 recording, Mozart & Contemporaries. As Deutsche Grammophon, Ólafsson’s recording label, aptly described the project: “Juxtaposing works by Mozart, Haydn, and C.P.E. Bach with rarely recorded Galuppi and Cimarosa, Mozart & Contemporaries dispels the image of Mozart as the angelic and prodigious idiot savant, instead presenting a mature composer:… a resourceful, hard-working adult who had come to know adversity.” Marveling at both the choice of works and the subtlety of their execution, Gramophone magazine, which earlier honored Ólafsson as its 2019 “Artist of the Year,” pronounced Mozart & Contemporaries “another winner from one of the most original musical minds around.”

GALUPPI - Piano Sonata No. 9 in F minor, 1. Andante spiritoso
MOZART - Rondo in F major K 494
C.P.E. BACH - Rondo for Keyboard in D Minor, Wq 61/4
CIMAROSA (arr. Ólafsson) - Keyboard Sonata No. 42 in D minor
MOZART - Fantasie for Piano No. 3 in D minor, K397
MOZART - Rondo in D major
CIMAROSA (arr. Ólafsson) - Keyboard Sonata No. 55 in A minor
HAYDN - Sonata for Piano in B minor, No. 47, Hob XVI:32, I. Allegro moderato, II. Menuetto – Trio (Minore), III. Finale. Presto
MOZART - Kleine Gigue in G major K 574
MOZART - Sonata for Piano No. 16 in C major, K545, I. Allegro, II. Andante, III. Rondo. Allegretto
MOZART (arr. Ólafsson) - String Quintet No. 3 in G minor K 516, III. Adagio in E flat major
GALUPPI - Piano Sonata No. 34 in C minor, I. Larghetto
MOZART -Sonata for Piano No. 14 in C minor, K457
MOZART - Adagio for Piano in B minor, K540
MOZART (trans. Liszt) - Ave verum corpus K 618

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