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Olga Jegunova talks to Vladimir Jurowski - On searching, meditation, the therapeutic effects of music and the importance of silence.
Olga interviews Vladimir Jurowski for the RUSSIAN GAP magazine. (Olga Jegunova January 30, 2017) www.russiangap.com/en/2017/01/vladimir-jurowski-on-searching-meditation-the-therapeutic-effects-of-music-and-the-importance-of-silence/
An interesting review : I quote "There’s a cultural cross-pollination at work in this disc which embodies music and poetry." at http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2017/Jan/Poetic_Jegunova_MMC114.htm
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.
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
The Poetic Piano Sonatas was launched on October 18, 2016 ! Olga plays Beethoven's Waldstein Sonata, Chopin's Sonata No.2 and Bartok's Sonata Sz.80.
The CD will be available to buy on Amazon on November 4th, 2016.
Olga will launch her CD at the Steinway Hall on October 18, 2016. This will be by invitation only.
In April 2016 Olga become a Steinway Artist! Olga now joins the exquisite list of renowned artists such as Ignaz Paderewski, Vladimir Horowitz, Arthur Rubinstein, Martha Argerich, as well as Ahmad Jamal, Diana Krall, Jacky Terrason and many others.