Adam’s Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?
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!
Víkingur Ólafsson has been awarded this year’s Rolf Schock Prize “for his pioneering and successful work in developing and strengthening classical music”. The jury calls him “one of the most creative and innovative musicians of our time”. Here is an example of his fabulous piano playing.