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Americana with Víkingur

Concert at the Gothenburgs Concert Hall.

Pianist Víkingur Ólafsson, an Icelandic phenomenon, performs John Adams’ piano concerto Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes? – Contemporary music that ensnares and seduces listeners like the devil himself.

The title refers to the religious revivalist movement of the turn of the century, which wrote religious lyrics for popular tunes of the time. Adams’ version is a swinging mix of bass guitar and honky tonk piano! And of course, the orchestra joins in as well, led by Santtu-Matias Rouvali.