Víkingur Ólafsson Premieres Edmund Finnis

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Sat 24 Sep, 5pm & 9.30pm
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
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Vikingur Olafsson, pianist
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‘Ólafsson’s interpretations … inhabit a unique, distinct and extraordinary world all their own.’

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Víkingur Ólafsson unveils a brand new work by Edmund Finnis and his own unparalleled take on Philip Glass’ Etudes.

Like Chopin’s before him, Philip Glass’ Etudes for solo piano are penetrating, beautiful works of art masquerading as technical exercises.

Glass wrote his Etudes partly to develop his own piano technique. These musical self-portraits are filled with the composer’s characteristic sweeping arpeggios and joyous syncopations, and imbued with his music’s sense of both weightless calm and industrial energy.

Southbank Centre Resident Artist Víkingur Ólafsson is an artist possessed of that rare ability to illuminate familiar works with unexpected vision.

He sealed his international reputation in 2017 with a benchmark recording of a selection of Glass’ Etudes, many of which he returns to here.

Ólafsson opens his concert with the world premiere of the Southbank Centre commission, Mirror Images by Edmund Finnis, a composer ‘who seems to make the very air shimmer with his music’ (The Times).

Performers
  • Víkingur Ólafsson piano
Repertoire
  • Philip Glass: Opening (1st movement) from Glassworks; Etudes: No.9; No.2; No.3; No.5; No.6
  • Edmund Finnis: Mirror Images (World premiere)
  • Philip Glass: Etude No.20

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Age recommendation

For ages 7+

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Dates & times

Sat 24 Sep, 5pm & 9.30pm

Approximate run time: 1 hour 10 mins.
Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.

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