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.
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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
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.
The Duo Schäffer-Jegunova (Susanne Schäffer - violin and Olga Jegunova - Piano) were prize winners in the International Chamber Music Competition in Pinerolo, Italy, in March 2016.