A sublime voyage to the moon (and back) with pianist Víkingur Ólafsson
Pianist Víkingur Ólafsson opens up a colourful selection of classical music from the inside - revealing familiar and unfamiliar works in a new light.
Pianist Víkingur Ólafsson takes us on a journey featuring earthly delights from Jean Sibelius, Joseph Haydn and Béla Bartók, and otherworldly musical beauty from Leos Janacek, Thomas Adès and Edmund Finnis.
To start, Víkingur introduces a selection of tracks by the composer he refers to as ‘the Alpha and Omega of music’, JS Bach: choral intimacy and splendour from conductor John Eliot Gardiner, tragic beauty from pianist Edwin Fischer and a quirky take by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. Plus Víkingur discusses how lighting in a recording studio led to just the right performance of his transcription of Widerstehe doch der Sünde from Bach’s Cantata BWV54.
A series in which each week a musician reveals a selection of music - from the inside.
A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3