Olga gives Paxton audience a taste of what’s to come

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Last Sunday, the second free concert presented by Music at Paxton introduced the young Latvian pianist Olga Jegunova.

Before coming to London she had studied in her native Latvia and Germany and her enterprising programme combined works in the established repertoire with two pieces from her own country.

he relaxed mood of three Moments Musicaux by Schubert was an appropriate opening to a programme for a Sunday afternoon.

She followed this with two of Debussy’s Preludes which explored the sensitive sonorities of the piano, delicately pouring out tonal colours.

Two Rachmaninov Moments Musicaux injected a more demonstrative vigour with an expansive technical range.

Olga establishes an immediate contact with her audience, introducing each item with an engaging manner.

She concluded with two contrasting pieces by Latvian composes, Peteris Vasks’ post-Debussy Balta Ainava, a winter landscape of peace, and an invigorating Etude in C by Rihards Dubra, an explosive outburst of keyboard fireworks that brought a deep satisfaction to her eager audience.

Olga’s concert gave a great taste of what people can expect from this year’s Music at Paxton when it gets underway on

The eclectic programme which unites established artists with up and coming talent, gets underway on Friday, July 18 at Paxton House with a performance from the acclaimed trio Katharine Gowers (violin) Adrian Brendel, (cello) and Alasdair Beatson (piano) who will also return the following day to perform a different repertoire.

Other highlights of the first few days of the festival include outdoor family event ‘Crash Bang Wallop’ brought to life by O Duo; a young musicians double bill featuring the Astrid String Quartet and Fraser Langton (clarinet) and Juliette Philogene (piano) and a performance from the Edinburgh Quartet featuring guest musician Maximiliano Martin on clarinet.