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Yuri Paterson-OlenichYuri Paterson-Olenich was born in Brighton where, at the age of four, he started piano lessons with Christine Pembridge, a pupil of Adelina de Lara and Harold Craxton. In 1991 he was awarded an entrance exhibition to the Royal Academy of music where he studied with the late Alexander Kelly. He performed extensively throughout the U.K. and took part in the London Bach Festival of 1994. He also received harpsichord lessons from Terence Charlston.

As a post-graduate Yuri studied with Professor Vladimir Tropp at the Russian Gnesins' Academy of Music in Moscow, supported by the Ian Fleming Charitable Trust and the Sir James Caird Travelling Scholarship Trust. He has also received lessons from Tatiana Zelikman in Moscow, Alexander Satz in London and Alicia de Larrocha in Barcelona.

 

 

Yuri Paterson-OlenichYuri took advantage of the many varied opportunities to perform in the former USSR : of particular interest was a series of performances of the ten sonatas of Scriabin in different venues including the composer's Moscow apartment, now a museum. Yuri was very well received during his stay in Russia, notably for his performances of works by Scriabin, Rakhmaninov and of the sonata by Frank Bridge, which he performed in a series of concerts sponsored by the Frank Bridge Trust. Concert tours have taken him to Russia, Kazakhstan, Italy, Armenia, France, Germany, Denmark and the Canary Islands.

More recent concert activities include Yuri's participation in the international festival Piano à Auxerre, his inclusion in a festival of British music held in Copenhagen, a tour of Kazakhstan with Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto, appearances in Criccieth and Lower Machen festivals and a recital as the concluding event of the Lewes Live Literature festival in the U.K.

Yuri has recorded Collage, a concerto for saxophone, piano and orchestra by Paul Carr with the Sussex Symphony Orchestra for the Claudio label and his CD, SCRIABIN : LATE PIANO WORKS was released to critical acclaim. Following this success, Yuri was invited to record a double CD of Rachmaninov's works, which was made Editor's Choice for Gramophone Magazine (September 2009) and ‘Disc of the Week’ for BBC Radio 3’s CD Review.

Yuri is a pianist who likes to maintain as wide a repertoire as possible, encompassing the mainstream repertory, more unusual works and music by living composers. Being an admirer of the visual arts, Yuri has a particular interest in repertoire inspired by visual elements.

 


CD's    


 

RACHMANINOV

Piano Sonata No.1 Op. 28

Etudes-Tableaux Op.39 

 

New Release

 

Editor's Choice Gramophone Magazine September 2009

‘Disc of the Week’ for BBC Radio 3’s CD Review 26th September 2009.

 

SCRIABIN Late Piano Works

Sonatas 7, 9 & 10

Poémes • Etudes • Preludes  

 

See below for reviews

Please click on images 

 

 


CONCERTS  last updated July 2014 with new engagements, reviews.


 

   

18th July 2014
Hungary, Pecsvarad
Joint recital with Evgenia Startseva
To include Mussorgsky's Pictures at and Exhibition
Brahms Duets and more.

25th April 2014
St George's, Beckenham
St.George's,High Street, Beckenham, Kent. BR3 1AX,
Lunctime recital
Programme TBA. (Will include Scriabin)


9th April 2014
London, St. Olave's in Hart street, 1:00pm.
Programme TBA. (Will include Scriabin)

17th March 2014
Peak Music Society
Peak District
Shostakovich Prelude & Fugue in e-flat minor Op.87 No.14
Shostakovich Prelude & Fugue in D-flat Major Op.87 No.15
Granados 4 Danzas Españolas
Scriabin Sonata No.10 Op.70
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition



24th February 2014
London, St.Lawrence Jewry, next Guildhall EC2
(Moorgate, St Paul's, Bank)
Lunchtime recital
Shostakovich Prelude & Fugue in e-flat minor Op.87 No.14
Shostakovich Prelude & Fugue in D-flat Major Op.87 No.15
Granados 4 Danzas Españolas
Scriabin Sonata No.10 Op.70



20th February 2014
Parventas Biblioteka, Ventspils, Latvia
Joint concert with Evgenia Startseva
Granados 4 Danzas Españolas
Scriabin Sonata No.10 Op.70

7th November 2013
House concert in Beckenham
Rachmaninov concerto No.3 in D minor Op.30
(2 piano arrangement)

3rd November 2013
House concert in Brighton
Rachmaninov concerto No.3 in D minor Op.30
(2 piano arrangement)

30th June 2013
Bognor Regis, Regis school of music. Beethoven Festival.


2nd March 2013
Darlington, joint evening recital with Evgenia Startseva for Darlington Piano Society: http://www.communigate.co.uk/ne/darlingtonpiano/
Handel Suite No. 7 in G minor
Chopin Mazurkas
Debussy Epigraphes Antiques
S.Cant Weardale Variations
Barber Souvenirs (Ballet Suite) Op.28
Brahms selected Hungarian Dances


21st February 2013
London, St. Olave's in Hart street, 1:00pm.
Joint piano recital with Evgenia Startseva. Mixture of solo and piano duet.
Handel Suite No. 7 in G minor
Chopin Mazurkas
Barber Souvenirs (Ballet Suite) Op.28


20th January 2013
Private House Concert
South East London
Programme:
Mixture of solo and piano duet.
Barber Souvenirs (Ballet Suite) Op.28
Granados 3 Spanish Dances
Rachmaninov “Fragments”, Prelude in G minor Op23 No.5
Brahms selected Hungarian Dances


28th December 2012
St George's, Beckenham
St.George's,High Street, Beckenham, Kent. BR3 1AX,
Lunctime Piano Duo recital with Evgenia Startseva
Barber Souvenirs (Ballet Suite) Op.28
Brahms selected Hungarian Dances


17th November 2012 7.30pm
H.G. Wells Centre, Woking
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.3 in D Minor Op.30
with the Woking Symphony Orchestra
www.wokingso.co.uk

 

Thursday 3rd May 6.30pm
"Spring Piano Series" at Schott Music Shop
48 Great Marlborough Street, London, W1F 7BB
Telephone: 020 7292 6090

Joint recital with Evgenia Startseva
Rachmaninov: Sonata No.1 in D Minor Op.28

www.facebook.com/schottspringpianoseries
http://www.schott-music.co.uk/shopnav/events/


22nd March 2012 1pm
St George’s Bristol
Programme:
Handel – Suite in D minor (1733 set)
Rachmaninov - Piano Sonata No. 1 in D minor Op.28

http://www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk/events/yuri-paterson-olenich-piano/

12th March 2012 7.30pm
Brighton & Hove High School,
Montpelier Road, Brighton BN1 3AT
Christine Pembridge memorial concert in aid of Martlets Hospice
www.springboardfestival.co.uk

                                                                                           

23rd February 2012 7pm
Charity concert in aid of ‘Music in Hospitals’
Wathen Hall, Lonsdale Road, Barnes

 

26th September 2011
Private House Concert.
London's West End
Programme:

Granados - The Maiden and the Nightingale
Albeniz - Triana
Rachmaninov - Piano Sonata No. 1 in D min Op.28

17th June 2011 8pm
Southend
Southend Council Concert Club
Schubert Moments Musicaux D780
Granados Danzas Españolas
Rachmaninov Sonata No.1 in D minor Op.28



Saturday 2nd April 2011 7.30pm

Darlington Piano Society

Darlington Arts Centre Theatre,

Vane Terrace, Darlington

Programme to include Schubert Moments Musicaux, Medtner Forgotten Melodies Op 38 (Complete)
and more

 

27th Feb 2011
Chichester
"Music on Sundays"
Schubert Moments Musicaux
Medtner Forgotten Melodies Op 38 (Complete) and more

 

18th February 2011

St George's, Beckenham

St.George's,High Street, Beckenham, Kent. BR3 1AX,

Lunctime recital

Medtner Forgotten Melodies Op

 

 

14th February 2011

London, St.Lawrence Jewry, next Guildhall EC2

(Moorgate, St Paul's, Bank)

Lunchtime recital

Programme to include Medtner’s Forgotten Melodies Op.38

 

 

2nd February 2011

St Olave’s Hart Street

London. EC3R 7NB

Lunchtime recital

Programme to include Medtner’s Forgotten Melodies Op.38


24th October 2010  11.30am (Sunday)
National Museum of Wales, Cardiff
Schubert Moments Musicaux D780 (excerpts)
Granados Danzas Españolas
Rachmaninov Sonata No.1 in D minor Op.28

http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/whatson/?event_id=4504

 

10th October 2010

Craxton Studios afternoon recital

Programme:

Schubert: Moments Musicaux D780 (excerpts)

Granados: Danzas Españolas (excerpts)

Rachmaninov: Sonata No 1 in D minor Op.28

(Tickets available in advance only)

http://www.craxtonstudios.org.uk/



2nd October 2010 7.30pm
Redditch
Redditch Ecumenical Centre

Programme:

Schubert: Six Moments Musicaux Op.94

Granados: Three Danzas Españolas

Rachmaninov: Sonata No.1 in D minor Op.28  

 

29th September 2010

St Olave’s Hart Street

London. EC3R 7NB

Lunchtime recital

Programme to be announced

 

18th September 2010 7.30pm

Recital Hall, Bognor Regis

Oskemen Duo Recital with Evgenia Startseva

Programme:

Schubert: Six Moments Musicaux D780 (solo)

Granados: Three Danzas Españolas (solo)

Debussy: Epigraphes Antiques for piano 4 hands (Excerpts)

Brahms: Variations on a theme by Schumann Op.23 (duet)

A selection of Russian miniatures (solo)

De Falla: Danza Española from “La vida breve” (duet)

http://www.regisschoolofmusic.co.uk/how.asp  


11th June 2010

Bishop Auckland Music Society

Joint recital with Evgenia Startseva (solo and four hands)

Programme to include a new work for piano four hands by Stephanie Cant: "Farewell to Weiss”

Schumann Carnaval Op.9

 

23rd April 2010

Guildford

Guildford United Reform Church

Programme:

Händel Suite in D minor (No.3 from 1733 set)

Mozart Fragment einer Suite K399

Brahms Two Rhapsodies Op.79

Cant Sonatine

Schumann Carnaval Op.9

http://www.guildfordurc.org.uk/gurcms.htm

 

15th April 2010
Private House Concert.
London's West End
Programme:
Mozart Fragment einer Suite K399
Mozart Eine kleine Gigue K574
Rachmaoninov Etudes-Tableaux from Opus 39
Schumann Carnaval Op.9

8th April 2010 6.30pm
"Spring Piano Series" at Schott Music Shop
48 Great Marlborough Street, London, W1F 7BB
Telephone: 020 7292 6090
http://www.schott-music.co.uk/shopnav/practice/events/index.html
Oskemen Duo Recital
Programme to include:
Shostakovich Preludes and Fugues
Schubert Fantasie for piano four hands
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition

 

26th March 2010

Matlock

Joint Concert with Evgenia Startseva

Programme to include:

Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition

www.matlockmusic.org.uk

 

16th March 2010

Colchester

Bures Music Circle, Suffolk

Joint concert with Evgenia Startseva.

Programme to include:

Händel Suite in D minor (No.3 from 1733 set)

Mozart Fragment einer Suite K399

Brahms Two Rhapsodies Op.79

 

11th March 2010

St Olave's Church Hart Street , London . EC3R 7NB

Lunchtime recital

Programme to include:

Händel Suite in D minor (No.3 from 1733 set)

Mozart  Fragment einer Suite K399

Brahms Two Rhapsodies Op.79

 

Early January 2010

London, St. George's-in-the-East (Shadwell/Tower Hill stations),

Cannon Street Road, E1 0BH

Solo recital

 

14th December 2009

London, St.Laurence Jewry, next Guildhall EC2

( Moorgate, St Paul's, Bank)
Oskemen Duo recital with Evgenia Startseva, (piano solo and 4 hands)
Programme: Handel, Chopin, Brahms, Shostakovich

 

4th December 2009

St George's, Beckenham

St.George's,High Street, Beckenham, Kent. BR3 1AX,

solo recital

Schumann Carnaval Op.9

 

26th September 2009

BBC Radio 3

CD Review.

‘Disc of the Week’ - Rachmaninov 1st Piano Sonata and Etudes-Tableaux Op.39

The programme runs from 9am-12.15pm. Yuri’s CD will be aired sometime from 11am.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00mvd9l

 

Latest CD Launch Concert on Sat 3rd Jan 2009 at 7.30pm

Rachmaninov: Sonata No.1 Op.28 / Etudes-Tableaux Op.39   

This will take place at St Luke's Church, corner of Queens Park Road and Queen's Park Terrace, Brighton BN2 9YA

A recital will take place of a selection of works from each cd, plus Schubert's F minor Fantasy for 4 hands.

Tickets £6 (£5 concessions) available on the door. (Ticket price redeemable on purchase of a CD)

Free glass of wine too!  

 

Tuesday 18th November 2008

Bures Music Circle in Suffolk

Joint solo and duo appearance with Evgenia Startseva

Programme to include Schumann: Carnaval Op.9

 

June 28th  2008

Lower Machen Festival.

Rachmaninov: Sonata No.1 in D minor Op.28

Piano Duet with Evgenia Startseva : Lynne Plowman The Memaids’ Lagoon

http://www.lowermachenfestival.co.uk/

 

Sunday 18th May  7pm 2008

St George's Church, Kemptown, Brighton

with: Marcel Scerri – tenor, Charlotte Shorthouse - mezzo soprano

"Passionate Italian Opera, sensual French Melodie and fiery Spanish Canciones with sumptuous piano solos.

An engaging programme of heartfelt warmth for a balmy May evening"

http://www.brightonfestivalfringe.org.uk/

Brighton Dome Ticket office 01273 709709

 

19th April 2008

Darlington Piano Society

Bach: Prelude & Fugue: F major Book II.BWV880

Bach: Prelude & Fugue: F minor.Book II. BWV 881

Haydn : Sonata in A-flat Hob XV1/46

Stephanie Cant: Sonatine

Granados: The Maiden and the Nightingale

Albeniz: Triana

Rachmaninov: Sonata No.1 in D minor Op.28

 

21st February 2008

St Olave's, Hart Street (City of London). 1.05pm

Bach: Prelude & Fugue: F major Book II.BWV880

Bach: Prelude & Fugue: F minor.Book II. BWV 881

Haydn : Sonata in A-flat Hob XV1/46

Stephanie Cant: Sonatine

Granados: The Maiden and the Nightingale

Albeniz: Triana

 

1st December 2007

Guildford United Reform Church

Programme t.b.a

 

20th November 2007

Bures Music Circle Suffolk

Programme t.b.a.

 

3rd August 2007

Welsh Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay

Download Brochure Here

Grieg:Excerpts from Peer Gynt Suites No.1 & 2 (Transcription for piano 4 hands with Evgenia Startseva)

Rachmaninov: 9 Etudes-Tableaux Op.39

 

1st August 2007

Welsh Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay

Download Brochure Here

Schubert: Fantasie in F min for piano 4 hands Op.103 (with Evgenia Startseva, who will also play Prokofiev’s Vision Fugitives Op.22 and Shostakovich’s Preludes Op.34)

 

June 30th 2007

Lower Machen Festival: lunch-time recital (with Evgenia Startseva) solo and 4 hands

Shostakovich, Schubert, Mussorgsky

 

20th June 2007

Criccieth Festival (Wales)

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition.

*Debussy: Epigraphes Antiques

*Schubert: Fantasie in F min for piano 4 hands Op.103

*Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No.1 (Transcription for piano 4 hands)

  * with Evgenia Startseva

 

15th June 2007

St George’s, Preston

Rachmaninov: Lilacs

Schubert: Fantasie in F min for piano 4 hands Op.103 (with Evgenia Startseva, who will also play Prokofiev’s Vision Fugitives)

 

14th June 2007

Knowle Green Preston

Luncheon Concert.

Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No.1 (Transcription for piano 4 hands with Evgenia Startseva)

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition.

 

August 26th  2006
Steyning Music society Rachmaninov - Sonata no.1

 

August 22nd  2006
Cardiff Millennium Centre - Lunchtime recital (With Evgenia Startseva)
Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition 
www.wmc.org.uk/index.cfm?alias=getting

 

Saturday 1st July 2006 7.30pm
Elfrida Oldfield Memorial Recital in aid of Macmillan Nurses.
St Mark's Church, Eastern Road, Brighton BN2 5JF
Programme to be announced.

 

Friday 16th June 2006 12.30pm 
St George's Church,
Lune Street,
Preston
Enquiries and tickets 01254 826948
Stephanie Cant: Sonatine
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

 

Thursday 15th June  2006 Luncheon Concert Series
Village Hall,
Knowle Green, between Longridge and Clitheroe
Preston
Enquiries and tickets 01254 826948
Stephanie Cant: Sonatine
Rachmaninov Sonata No.1 in D minor Op.28

Wednesday 31st May  12.30pm 2006
Wathen Hall, Barnes - Entry by invitation
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

Friday 19th May  7.30pm 2006
The Throne Room
Auckland Castle
Bishop Auckland
Co Durham
DL14 7NR
Tel (01388) 601627
www.communigate.co.uk/ne/bams

Weiss: Tombeau
Mozart: Sonata K282
Bridge: The Hour Glass Suite
Rachmaninov: Selected Preludes and Etudes-Tableaux
Stephanie Cant: Sonatine
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

 


REVIEWS


 

 

“There are bigger-name pianists, hordes of them. And yet Yuri Paterson-Olenich delivers, for my money, one of the most compelling Rachmaninov discs of the year. He never spares himself in probing the often uncomfortable emotional depths of this music, while his virtuosity yields pride of place to no one. I've already listened to it three times.”

- James Inverne (editor, Gramophone Magazine)

 

“Having given us a Scriabin recording of rare commitment, Yuri Paterson-Olenich continues with a two-disc Rachmaninov set of even greater poetic force and conviction. Everything is reconsidered in playing devoid of all easy options, intent only to cast a burning light on a dark and turbulent inner spirit. Powerful and measured, Paterson-Olenich’s playing allows every one of the composer’s maelstrom of notes to tell, and the First Sonata’s magnificent if sprawling edifice is lit by one revelation after another. Here again, there is none of that impersonal, hard-bitten brilliance of the jet-setting virtuoso (Weissenberg on DG, 4/90— nla) and when you listen to the first movement development (like being at the centre of a vortex) and final pages given with such breadth and understanding you are hearing a pianist born for Rachmaninov.

 

“The Op.39 Etudes-Tableaux, always among the composer’s richest offerings, present the same moving force and involvement. No 1 in C minor is again so individually characterised (no “knife through butter” in a more familiar virtuoso style) while No 6, launched with an exceptionally menacing opening, is all snarls and snapping teeth (it is based on the legend of Red Riding Hood). He makes it clear that No 7 is among the most audacious and indelibly Russian of all Rachmaninov’s works and throughout this entire programme you are made frighteningly aware of Rachmaninov’s demons, of his confession that “sometimes I think someone will come down the chimney and murder me”.

 

“All this, superbly recorded and with accompanying notes by the pianist forms a deeply personal tribute to a still misunderstood composer. No lover of Rachmaninov should be without it.”

- Bryce Morrison (Gramophone Magazine)

Article available through the Gramophone online archive: http://www.gramophone.net/Issue/Page/September%202009/73/1003506/

 

Disc of the Week in BBC Radio 3’s CD Review Programme:

“You may not have encountered Yuri Paterson-Olenich before, but if you get the chance to hear him perform, make the most of it – judging by the qualities on show in this Rachmaninov recital, I suspect it’ll make for a memorable live encounter.

 

“Paterson-Olenich is a Brit, born in Brighton, and who studied in Moscow. Even without knowing that, there’s something inescapably Russian about the way he plays Rachmaninov; the free-flowing romanticism, the surging tempos, and the waves of colour that can be almost overwhelming in the First Sonata. This is Rachmaninov in Dresden in 1907, escaping the revolutionary upheaval at home in Russia, and perhaps encompassing some of that personal and political turbulence in a work composed on a truly symphonic scale. Although Rachmaninov never managed to realise his plans to turn the sonata into a fully-fledged symphony (it proved too “purely pianistic” to orchestrate, he told a friend), it needs a player who can tap into an orchestral palette to encompass its epic breadth, from the deceptively simple brooding opening to the cascades of bells in the coda.

 

“Paterson-Olenich muses in his notes that it might be this orchestral style of writing that prevents more pianists from scaling its heights. Or perhaps it’s a realisation that they can’t inhabit the score in quite the way he does, with a sense of the essential Russian-ness of the music, the darkness and melancholy at the heart of so much of it, despite the glowing magnificence of the more extrovert pages.

 

“The same applies to the op. 39, Etudes-Tableaux. After the sprawl of the sonata, these aren’t mere miniatures; they’re more like fiercely-focused microcosms, intensified by being presented and played as they are here. It’s not the finest recorded piano sound I’ve ever heard – a little restricted and boxy when you’re hoping for something that puts a halo around the sound rather than pulling you inside it – but you’re over that swiftly as the playing and music overwhelm any reservations. I missed Paterson-Olenich’s Scriabin disc for the same label, but after his Rachmaninov recital I really need to hear it.”

- Andrew McGregor (BBC Music)

Online Review: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/vv4h

Programme details: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00mvd9l

 

  “The initial impression of Paterson-Olenich is that of a pianist with technique to burn. Rachmaninoff's unique blend of intricately convoluted note spinning, keyboard calisthenics, and windswept melodic outpourings presents no obstacles to him…Paterson-Olenich's Etudes-Tableaux are mischievously mercurial in the fast numbers and poignantly poetic in the slow ones…Meanwhile, I look forward to hearing more from Paterson-Olenich, who gives evidence of being an exceptionally fine artist.”

- Jerry Dubins (Fanfare Magazine)

 

“Here he shows himself to be a natural Rachmaninoff performer, with playing of intense focus and commitment. He doesn’t shy away from the raw emotionalism of the composer’s music, yet there is also a gritty urgency to his playing that keeps his interpretations a pole apart from the Hollywood-style sentimentalism.

 

“Paterson-Olenich makes every note tell, in playing that is the opposite of glib. He revels in the sonority and colours of the instrument, which is essential in Rachmaninoff, but there is no superficial sheen to his sound…this comes with a conviction and sheer humanity that is compelling, and preferable to the sort of blithe virtuosity that can often be emptily anonymous.

 

“The same characteristics of raw emotional force and intensity are evident in the Op.39 Etudes-Tableaux…Paterson-Olenich gives each piece a strongly etched character. It makes the C minor no.1 unusually rugged, and gives no.2 an undertow of unease that never allows its singing lines to settle into lyrical repose…In the opening of no.6 he projects a truly menacing presence…In no.7 once again the penetrating focus of his imagination makes something special of one of Rachmaninoff’s most forward-looking creations…a welcome antidote to virtuoso complacency. Warmly recommended”

- Tim Parry (International Piano Magazine)

 

 “Paterson-Olenich is clearly a pianist who leaves no stone unturned…He allows us to follow the development of the themes and motifs [in Rachmaninov’s first sonata] with clarity, bringing the whole work under one umbrella as-it-were. The second movement is especially impressive and poetically constructed.” Elger Niels (Pianowereld Magazine)

 "...a powerfully expressive recital of Scriabin's most searching works...tackles them all with astonishing assurance: a most auspicious debut." **** Andrew Clarke, Independent

"...his recital, with its opposing elements of dark and light...is given with rare sensitivity and commitment...Time and again he allows one to savour every aspect of Scriabin's neurotic sensibility...playing with spaciousness and lucidity, never whirled into obscure agitation by the composer's idiosyncratic directions...Vers la Flamme is menacingly controlled before the final conflagration, the stream of chromatic ninths in the first of Op 65 Etudes is always musically directed rather than made an excuse for obvious flamboyant virtuosity...An exceptional, very personal issue." Bryce Morrison, Gramophone

"...sincere commitment to the composer's musical ideals...interpretative understanding of [the composer's] music...carefully considered..." Charles Hopkins, International Record Review

"...makes light of Scriabin's fiendishly difficult scores...superb in the delicate sonorities of the Poems." David Denton, Yorkshire Post

"...real understanding of Scriabin's visionary music...poetic dreaminess...textures are always clear" **** Adrian Jack, BBC Music Magazine

"When I heard Yuri Paterson-Olenich play in Moscow last summer, I was immediately impressed by his ability to conjure from the piano the fantastical, the aerial, as well as the apocalyptic and some would say demonic aspects of Scriabin's music. The intensity with which Paterson-Olenich conveys Scriabin's vision is, unrivalled in recent recordings. Looming large throughout is the spirit of Sofronitsky.Several performances really stand out; I was impressed by the austerity and poise of the Prelude Op67 No.1, the brilliance and range of colour employed in the Op.65 Studies and Vers la flame, the dark intensity of the Ninth Sonata. This disc is a testament to Paterson-Olenich's affinity with Scriabin's late music." Jonathan Powell, International Piano Quarterly

"The young pianist Yuri Paterson-Olenich gave a recital of unusual interest... Beethoven's E major Sonata Op 109, played here with much poetry and feeling... Scriabin...fluent, expansive and contrasting..." Philip Scowcroft, Doncaster Free Press

"Paterson-Olenich's playing, consistently enthralling and energetic, remained on high voltage for Mussorgsy's daunting Pictures at an Exhibition...grading textures almost as if de-orchestrating another version...a culmination of artistic power." Howard Thomas, Croydon Advertiser

"Yuri Paterson-Olenich produced a performance [of the Goyescas] which certainly drew every ounce of colour out of a piano…It was a tribute to his musical prowess that he was able to enthral his listeners from start to finish, creating as much tonal and dynamic contrast as humanly possible, allied to a sensitive touch and a wide emotional range which succeeded in effectively characterising the individual movements. The playing was also technically assured in the often highly virtuosic writing…" Philip R Buttall, Plymouth Evening Herald

“Pianist Yuri Paterson-Olenich turned to the virtuous keyboard reverberation of Rachmaninov’s cycle of Etudes-Tableaux from Op.39, swaying between both detached austerity and ecstatic intimacy, demanding the execution of a lofty piano technique. With pliant hands, a burnished sound and power, but also with considerable transparency, Paterson-Olenich delivered that, which Rakhmaninov’s score called for. A superior and singular achievement.”   Saarbrücker Zeitung 15.01.2005  

“Two of Bach’s preludes and fugues…in F major and F minor were played with sharp-fingered clarity and sensitively-balanced responses to Bach’s musical demands, especially in the lively fugue.

In Haydn’s A flat Sonata... 18th century grace and elegance was projected in full with, in the presto finale, a definite nod in the direction of rustic humour in its twists and turns.He then turned his attention forward 200 years to the Durham composer Stephanie Cant, whose lively and engaging four-movement Sonatine is very much of today, though firmly based in established forms; dynamic in the impulses that drive the scherzo, a cathedral-like calmness to the central meditation, and with a jaunty, driven, florid even, energy giving impulse to the final rondo, with its return of the opening themes.

Granados’ Maiden and the Nightingale and Albeniz’s Triana provided images of Spain full of scented night air in the former and of festive flamenco in the latter. Rachmaninov’s First Sonata in D minor…relished to its very Russian core by this pianist. The performance – redolent of wide spaces, open skies, incense-laden orthodox church, bells and grandiloquent flamboyance of orchestral scale – rounded off a memorable season with a grandstand finale” – Dave Robson, Darlington and Stockton Times 25.04.2008

“a true virtuoso playing superb music, Yuri Paterson-Olenich displayed the form that, against world-class opposition, has won him awards from the BBC and the prestigious Gramophone magazine.
The best music began the recital, but top-class pianism ensured that Schubert’s shadow did not fall over the rest of the programme. Yuri showed a natural feel for the idiom of Granados’ music, but the highlight of the afternoon was the aptly named suite of Forgotten Melodies by Medtner, a Russian pianist-composer who has been almost totally eclipsed by his contemporary, Rachmaninov… It often sounds like that of a less lugubrious Rachmaninov, but with every bit as many notes! Medtner was less melodically gifted, but these Forgotten Melodies kept me listening for the full forty minutes and proved very palatable. The audience’s enthusiastic applause was clearly as much for Yuri’s superbly virtuosic and characterful performance as for Medtner’s music.”
“What a privilege to hear such a fine artist!” – Phil Jenkins, Bognor Regis Observer 7.3.2011
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REPERTOIRE


 

 

Albeniz

Excerpts from Iberia

J.S.Bach

Partita No.6 in E minor BWV 830

 

Selected Preludes and Fugues from The Well-Tempered Clavier

Beethoven

Sonata in E Op.109

Brahms

Variations on a theme by Handel Op.24

Two Rhapsodies Op.79

Frank Bridge

Sonata (c.1924)

 

Suite : The Hour glass (c.1919)

 

Suite : In Autumn (c.1924)

Stephanie Cant

Sonatine

Chopin

24 preludes Op.28

 

Ballade No.4 in F minor op.52

 

Barcarolle Op.60

 

Selected Nocturnes, Etudes and Mazurkas

Peter Copley

Ballade for Piano

Franck

Prelude, Choral et Fugue

Granados

Suite : Goyescas

 

Danzas Españolas

Händel 

Suite in D minor (No.3 from 1733 set)

Haydn

Sonata in Ab Hob XV1/46

Kreisler Liebesleid (trans. Rachmaninov)

Frank Martin

8 Préludes pour le piano (1948)

Mignone

3 Valsas Choros

Mozart

Selected Sonatas and short pieces

Fragment einer Suite K399

Mussorgsky

Pictures at an Exhibition

 

Night on a Bare Mountain

Boris Pasternak

Two Preludes (1906)

Rachmaninov

9 Etudes-Tableaux Op.39

 

Selected Preludes, Etudes

 

Moments Musicaux

 

Sonata No.1 in D minor Op.28

Ravel

Miroirs

 

Selected pieces

Schubert

Moments Musicaux D780

Schumann

Etudes Symphoniques Op.13

 

Carnaval Op.9

Scriabin

Sonatas Nos.2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10

 

Preludes, Etudes and Poèmes

Shostakovich

24 Preludes Op.34

Stravinsky

Tango

Takemitsu

Litany

Weiss 

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