Vikingur Olafsson From Afar 180g 2LP

Vikingur Olafsson

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Ólafsson's Most Personal Album Yet on 180g Double LP.
Same Tracks Performed on a Steinway Concert Grand (LP 1) & an Upright Piano (LP2)!

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Childhood memories and a tribute to a musical hero are the inspiration behind Víkingur Ólafsson's most personal album to date. The Icelandic pianist presents From Afar, a unique double album containing two recordings of the same repertoire, one played on a Steinway concert grand, the other on an upright piano. Available as a double LP gatefold edition (180g black vinyl), it includes a four-page insert featuring a fascinating extended essay by Ólafsson himself. Named after "Aus der Ferne" by György Kurtág, one of the pianist's favorite composers, From Afar began to take shape not long after the two men first met, in September 2021. Unable to find the right words to thank Kurtág for an encounter that left him with "a feeling of lightness and joy," Ólafsson instead found the right music. Describing the album as "a letter to a friend," he has chosen a selection of the Hungarian composer's original miniatures and transcriptions. Interspersed with these are Icelandic and Hungarian folksongs, and works by Schumann, Brahms and Thomas Adès, among others, many of which are rooted in the pianist's musical past. The soundworlds conjured by the two instruments Ólafsson plays here are very different, but both are equally rich in color and atmosphere.


  • 180g Vinyl
  • Double LP
  • LP 1: Grand Piano
  • LP 1: Upright Piano
  • Four-Page Insert - Extended Essay by Ólafsson
  • Gatefold Jacket
  • Made in Germany


Víkingur Ólafsson grand piano (LP1), upright piano (LP2)


Side A:

  1. Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Christe, du Lamm Gottes, BWV 619 (arr. György Kurtág) - LP1 1:37 / LP2 1:45
  2. Robert Schumann (1810-1856): Study in Canonic Form, op. 56/1 - 1:56 / 1:57
  3. Johann Sebastian Bach: Adagio from Sonata from Sonata for Solo Violin No. 3 in C major, BWV 1005 - 4:14 / 4:01
  4. György Kurtág (b. 1926): Harmonica (Hommage a Borsody László) (from Játékok, (Book 3) 0:59 / 0:43
  5. Béla Bartók (1881-1945): 3 Hungarian Folk Songs from Csik, Sz. 35a: I. Rubato - 1:11 / 1:10
  6. Béla Bartók: 3 Hungarian Folk Songs from Csik, Sz. 35a: II. L'istesso tempo - 0:55 / 1:01
  7. Béla Bartók: 3 Hungarian Folk Songs from Csik, Sz. 35a: III. Poco vivo - 1:15 / 1:19
  8. Johannes Brahms (1833-1897): Intermezzo in E major, op. 116/4 - 5:01 / 5:01
  9. György Kurtág: A Voice in the Distance (from Játékok, Book 5) - 1:51 / 2:00
  10. Snorri Sigfús Birgisson (b. 1954): Where Life and Death May Dwell (Icelandic folk song) - 1:53 / 1:45
  11. Johann Sebastian Bach: Allegro moderato from Trio Sonata No. 1 in E flat major, BWV 525 (arr. György Kurtág) feat. Halla Oddny Magnusdottir - 2:24 / 2:31

Side B:

  1. Sigvaldi Kaldalóns (1881-1946): Ave María (arr. Víkingur Ólafsson) - 3:37 / 3:36
  2. György Kurtág: Little Chorale (from Játékok, Book 1) - 1:07 / 1:34
  3. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): Laudate Dominum (arr. Víkingur Ólafsson) - 4:56 / 4:57
  4. György Kurtág: Sleepily (from Játékok, Book 1) - 1:04 / 1:18
  5. Robert Schumann: Träumerei op. 15/7 - 2:40 / 2:41
  6. György Kurtág: Flowers We Are (from Játékok, Book 5) - 1:19 / 1:14
  7. Thomas Adès (b. 1971): The Branch (Az Ág) - 1:21 / 1:19
  8. György Kurtág: Twittering (from Játékok, Book 1) feat. Hall Oddny Magnusdottir - 1:26 / 1:13
  9. Robert Schumann: Vogel als Prophet op. 82/7 - 3:53 / 3:47
  10. György Kurtág: Scraps of a Colinda Melody - Faintly Recollected (Hommage à Farkas Ferenc) (from Játékok, Book 3) - 3:20 / 3:27

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