Olga Jegunova

The Latvian pianist Olga Jegunova makes every performance fresh and compelling. She possesses a remarkable musical imagination combined with a seriousness of purpose and discipline. Her repertoire ranges from Bach to Schnittke, Scarlatti to Bartok and includes much contemporary repertoire, not least some new works composed especially for her.

The Poetic Piano Sonatas CD by Olga Jegunova - with video and reviews

Watch this video of Olga talking about and playing extracts from her new Poetic Piano Sonatas CD released November 2016.

There are 2 reviews so far of the CD.

1. CD Choice - a review by Barry Forshaw.

http://www.cdchoice.co.uk/

scroll to the bottom of the page to see the review.

2. James Palmer in the Musical Opinion Magazine. Quoted in full with the proviso that the copyright remains with the Musical Opinion Magazine.

'Poetic Piano Sonatas': Bartók: Sonata (1926)/Beethoven: Sonata No 21 in C major Op.53 'Waldstein:/ Chopin: Sonata No 2 in B flat minor Op 35 'Funeral March' Olga Jegunova, piano ****(*) Music & Media MMCl14 [C.621']

This is probably the only CD to couple these three composers, and as it is not a recording of a live recital, the pianist concemed has to be outstandingly gifted if she is to be considered a serious rival to the many artists who have recorded these works in other recital combinations. Olga Jegunova certainly has the technical command and musical understanding to give convincing accounts of all three very different - and very difficult - works, but whether all three composers will appeal to the same music-lover equally is another matter.

Nonetheless, although one may have reservations regarding the choice of repertoire, this constitutes an outstanding 'calling card' disc with which, perhaps because of the variety of its repertoire, I have been impressed. Ms Jegunova is a comprehensively gifted pianist with an excellent technique. I found the Bartok Sonata the most consistently impressive performance of the three, but she loses nothing in comparison with many other pianists. The recording quality is quite good, the presentation overall first-class. A most interesting and very recommendable record. James Palmer