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Olga Stezhko (piano) - City of Lights-City of Hope

Thursday October 19, 2017 at 19:30
Wigmore Hall, London
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  1. Suite bergamasque - Claude Debussy
  2. Children's Corner - Claude Debussy
  3. Poissons d'or, from Images for Piano (Book 2, 1908) L 111 - Claude Debussy
  4. 3 Pièces (1928) FP 48 - Francis Poulenc
  5. Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut, from Images for Piano (Book 2, 1908) L 111 - Claude Debussy
  6. Pensées (Thoughts) Op 62 - Sergey Prokofiev
  7. Oiseaux tristes, from Miroirs - Maurice Ravel
  8. Alborada del gracioso, from Miroirs - Maurice Ravel

All the pieces in this French-Russian programme were composed in Paris at a time when Europe was undergoing a seismic cultural and socio-political shift. In her return Wigmore recital, Olga Stezhko explores the dynamics that drove the creativity of four complex personalities in the fast-paced environment of the City of Lights.

Olga Stezhko is one of Belarus's leading pianists, making great strides on the international concert circuit. Classical Source acclaimed her in a Wigmore Hall review as "a supremely delicate master of her instrument” who possesses "an extraordinary presence”. Olga has performed at premier venues from the Barbican Hall to Salle Cortot to the Carnegie Hall, both as a soloist and in recital. This year’s highlights include performances in St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Wigmore Hall, the National Gallery, Palermo Classica Festival, Leeds International Concert Season and the ‘Belarusians of the World’ Arts Festival in Minsk, where Olga was awarded a special recognition by the Ministry of Culture.

Born in Minsk, Olga is based in London where she completed her Master’s degree at the Royal Academy of Music with distinction. Her specialism is an early and mid-20th century repertoire and she particularly preeminent in Scriabin and Debussy. Olga’s music is a journey for the soul but also for the intellect. Her ability to ignite the imagination and curiosity of the audience by linking her programmes to a range of extra-musical topics such as astrophysics and psychology is surprising and original. Olga’s debut album ‘Eta Carinae’ where she combined her passion for astronomy with music by Scriabin and Busoni, was hailed by Bryce Morrison of the Gramophone Magazine as "an outstanding debut" and “not a record for the faint-hearted but rather for those who enjoy dark and menacing regions of the mind”. Her next, eagerly anticipated all-Debussy album will be released worldwide in 2018 to mark the centenary of the composer’s death.

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