"Everything is there in Bach´s music"

01.10.2021

Ólafsson teamed up with director Magnús Leifsson to shoot the video in a fish processing plant in Iceland, complete with grand piano. They use the fish, an early Christian symbol, to allude to the mysticism and timelessness of Bach's music - as changeable as water, it has to be understood at a metalevel, given the many different ways in which composition, transcription and performance can be interwoven. "Everything is there in Bach's music," says the pianist, who transports the composer's keyboard writing to new shores on his latest recording. Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson releases video featuring music from his new album, Johann Sebastian Bach.

Everything is there in Bach´s music

- Víkingur Ólafsson

It would all mean nothing without Bach

- Víkingur Ólafsson

I think Bach is the only composer that I can probably play the whole day without ever becoming sick of him

- Víkingur Ólafsson

This album is a bit of an exploration of Bach of the different generations - I wanted to look at he road less travelled

- Víkingur Ólafsson