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Sonata for Piano No. 1 in D minor, Op. 28
Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 39

Yuri Paterson-Olenich

Recorded in August 2007 | Time 82:35 | Cover Painting by Aristarkh Lentulov
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From the liner notes:
In the Etudes-Tableaux Op. 39, among the last pieces Rachmaninov wrote before he left Russia for good in 1917, one can sense the turbulent new era for his country reflected in the innovative stretching of the instrument’s limits, firmly placing the composer in the twentieth century.—YPO
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GRAMOPHONE Editor's Choice
James Inverne, Editor Gramophone September 2009

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.

Bryce Morrison, Gramophone September 2009
Paterson-Olenich plays Rachmaninov with total understanding and conviction
On the Sonata
...Everything is reconsidered in playing devoid of all easy options, intent only to cast a burning light on a dark and turbulent inner spirit....[his] playing allows every one of the composer's maelstrom of notes to tell, and [its]magnificent if sprawling edifice is lit by one revelation after another...[the] final pages [of the first movement are] given with such breadth and understanding you are hearing a pianist born for Rachmaninov.
On the Etudes-tableaux, No.1 in C minor is again so individually characterised...No. 6, launched with an exceptionally menacing opening, is all snarls and snapping teeth...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".
...superbly recorded...No lover of Rachmaninov should be without it.

BBC Radio 3 CD Review Disc of the Week
26th September 2009

…an impressive new Rachmaninov recital from British born pianist Yuri Paterson-Olenich…in which his playing taps into some rather special qualities…Born in Brighton, he studied in Moscow, and even without knowing that, there’s something inescapably Russian about the way he plays Rachmaninov: The sense of free-flowing Romanticism, the surging tempo, the waves of colour…Paterson-Olenich pulls you into the turbulent world of Rachmaninov’s epic First Sonata.

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YURI PATERSON-OLENICH was born in Brighton where he started piano lessons with Christine Pembridge, whose musical heritage stretches back to Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms. In 1991 he was awarded an exhibition to the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with the late Alexander Kelly. He subsequently continued his studies with Vladimir Tropp at the Gnesins’ Academy of Music in Moscow, and was very well received for his many performances throughout the former USSR.

Paterson-Olenich, now settled in London, is regularly invited to take part in concert series, festivals and concerto appearances across Britain, Europe and the former USSR. He 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, he has a particular interest in repertoire inspired by visual elements.

Previous recordings include his release of Scriabin’s late piano works, also for Prometheus Editions (EDITION001), which received much praise. More recently, performing Rachmaninov's Op. 39 Etudes-Tableaux in concert: "With pliant hands, a burnished sound and power, but also with considerable transparency, Paterson-Olenich delivered that which Rachmaninov’s score called for. A superior and singular achievement.” Saarbrücker Zeitung 2005

Yuri Paterson-Olenich is currently represented by Kings Barn Artist Management.
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