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.

Olga Jegunova: Review Poetic Piano Sonatas CD in Presto Classical

The debut album “Poetic Sonatas” by pianist Olga Jegunova exhibits not only the creative capabilities and experience of the artist, but also an attempt to merge the two culture fields of music and poetry. The poetry by three different authors accompanying the CD, is linked with the music of Beethoven, Chopin and Bartók inviting the listeners to gain an insight into Olga’s thinking as well as experience the contrasts between them

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Olga Jegunova: Review Poetic Sonatas CD in Musicweb International

There’s a cultural cross-pollination at work in this disc which embodies music and poetry. The poetry – the poems are printed in full in the booklet – is linked to the music of Beethoven, Chopin and Bartók. The first is Goethe’s May Song, the second Pasternak’s 1956 Music – which does cite Chopin as well as Tchaikovsky by name – whilst the third is a contemporary poem called There was for dread the scaled, tall-tailed girl who danced behind locked doors. This deliberate mouthful was written by Abigail Parry in 2016 especially for this project and represents the Bartókian element in the programming. How far this matters is up to the listener, but I think it best falls into the freely associative end of things. I’m here to review the music.

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Olga Jegunova: Poetic Piano Sonatas CD reviewed in Gramophone Magazine

Poetry and music make for natural bedfellows and so Olga Jegunova’s generally pleasing programme of ‘Poetic Piano Sonatas’, in this context Beethoven, Chopin and Bartók – an unusual juxtaposition to say the least – is thoughtfully supplemented by chosen (printed) texts by Goethe, Pasternak and Abigail Parry. Whether you can marry the words to the music is something else, but it’s worth a try.

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