Olena Kushpler

Janáček, Piano Works

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Label: CAvi
UPC: 4260085530847
Catnr: AVI 8553084
Release date: 03 September 2021
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CAvi
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4260085530847
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AVI 8553084
Release date
03 September 2021

" I give the whole disc a solid recommendation."

Fanfare, 31-1-2022
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About the album

Personal Reflections

Ever since my youth I have been fascinated by the music of Leoš Janáček: initially by his vocal works, particularly Jenufa, an opera with an unadulterated ‘peasant’ tone of such radical authenticity that it transforms itself into avant-garde music. I only discovered Janáček’s piano repertoire at a later date, and immediately grasped his basic aesthetic principle: he wanted to write a music of truth. Virtuosity for virtuosity’s sake had no place in his approach.

I understood that the Bohemian master staked out a clear position in the great musical debate of the 1800s. It raged, on the one hand, between formal aesthetics, which viewed music as “sonically moving forms” (in the words of Vienna critic doyen Eduard Hanslick), and, on the other hand, the musical content aesthetics of Berlioz, Schumann, Wagner, and Bruckner, who devoted their efforts to transforming poetry and even philosophy into music. In Janáček, I also feel that he strives to imbue each phrase with profound expression, thereby creating music that reflects his feelings, hopes, and disappointments.

Janáček’s music draws its energy from contrasts, which can be violent at times: each piece contains moments of brilliant luminosity as well as dramatic conflict. I view his piano cycle On An Overgrown Path as a clearly autobiographical work that reflects the experiences and moods he encountered in real life. The death of his daughter Olga led to profound despair, and the titles of individual pieces reflect how a father’s thoughts revolved around the memories of his lost child. Our Evenings, A Blown-Away Leaf, and Words Fail are all individual pieces that foreshadow the tragedy to come. The cycle culminates in The Barn Owl Has Not Flown Away!, and we can note that folk belief viewed the barn owl as an ominous messenger of death.

I read Janáček’s piano minisatures as intimate sketches from a diary he was keeping: personal thoughts turn into musical ideas. He wrote the Rondo when he was a young student, and The Golden Ring was his last composition, dated 8 August 1928, four days before his passing. These “diary entries” thus encompass Janáček’s entire life, and for me they are treasures of inestimable value. (Olena Kushpler).

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OLENA KUSHPLER Piano

Hailing from Ukraine, German pianist Olena Kushpler is praised by audiences and critics for her
colorful, sensitive playing. “It is impressive to observe how she manages to captivate the listener:
time seems to stand still” (NDR Kulturradio). The Hamburger Abendblatt evening daily has hailed her
as an “outstanding storyteller”.

The winner of several competitions and awards, Olena Kushpler has guested in several renowned
international concert halls (Berlin, Düsseldorf, Vienna, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, etc.) and at major
music festivals (Rheingau, Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Saarland, and many others).
Her artistic activities are documented in numerous CD releases and recordings, broadcast by BR
(Munich), NDR (Hamburg), SWR (Stuttgart), and Deutschlandradio Kultur.

A great number of solo appearances and chamber music collaborations have led her to perform with
artists such as Peter Schreier and Martin Grubinger, as well as Zoryana Kushpler and her Bonnard
Trio. She has likewise conceived and performed musical-literary evening programmes with stage
actors of the likes of Roger Willemsen, Iris Berben, Barbara Auer, Ulrich Tukur, Christian Redl, and
Charly Hübner. Kushpler was also the founder and director of the Kontraste festival.

Olena Kushpler was granted scholarships by the DAAD, the Emma Beit Foundation, the Budge Foundation,
and the Franz Wirth Foundation. She was awarded the Alfred Töpfer Foundation’s Masefield
Prize, the Oscar and Vera Ritter Foundation’s Ritter Prize, and the Berenberg Culture Prize.

Olena Kushpler first studied with Josef Jermin at the Lviv Academy of Music and Theater; she then
went on to perfect her artistry under the guidance of professors Volker Banfield and Evgeni Koroliov
in Hamburg. During postgraduate chamber music studies at Cologne Musikhochschule she received
valuable artistic counsel from members of the Alban Berg Quartet, as well as in musical collaborations
with Wolfram Rieger and Norman Shetler.

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 I give the whole disc a solid recommendation.
Fanfare, 31-1-2022

All of this is wonderfully explored by Olena Kushpler, with a grandiose sense of sound.
Piano News, 03-1-2022

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01.
V mlách / In the Mists / Im Nebel (1912): I. Andante
03:40
02.
V mlách / In the Mists / Im Nebel (1912): II. Molto adagio
05:05
03.
V mlách / In the Mists / Im Nebel (1912): III. Andantino
03:43
04.
V mlách / In the Mists / Im Nebel (1912): IV. Presto – meno mosso
05:32
05.
Po zarostlém / On an overgrown Path / Series I (1900-1911): 1. Naše ve?ery / Our evenings
03:44
06.
Po zarostlém / On an overgrown Path / Series I (1900-1911): 2. Lístek odvanutý / A blown-away leaf
02:28
07.
Po zarostlém / On an overgrown Path / Series I (1900-1911): 3. Pojd’te s name! / Come with us!
01:32
08.
Po zarostlém / On an overgrown Path / Series I (1900-1911): 4. Frýdecká Panna Maria / The Frýdek Madonna
04:38
09.
Po zarostlém / On an overgrown Path / Series I (1900-1911): 5. Št?betaly jak laštovi?ky / They chattered like swallows
02:47
10.
Po zarostlém / On an overgrown Path / Series I (1900-1911): 6. Nelze domvulit! / Words fail!
02:20
11.
Po zarostlém / On an overgrown Path / Series I (1900-1911): 7. Dobrou noc! / Good night!
03:19
12.
Po zarostlém / On an overgrown Path / Series I (1900-1911): 8. Tak neskonale úzko / Unutterable anguish
04:45
13.
Po zarostlém / On an overgrown Path / Series I (1900-1911): 9. V plá?i / In tears
03:16
14.
Po zarostlém / On an overgrown Path / Series I (1900-1911): 10. Sý?ek neodlet?l! / The barn owl has not flown away!
03:49
15.
Intime Skizzen / Intimate Sketches: 1. Malostranský palác / Malostransky Palace /
00:51
16.
Intime Skizzen / Intimate Sketches: 2. Bez názvu / Untitled
00:49
17.
Intime Skizzen / Intimate Sketches: 3. Melodie / Melody (p. 1923)
00:43
18.
Intime Skizzen / Intimate Sketches: 4. Moderato (p. 1911)
01:13
19.
Intime Skizzen / Intimate Sketches: 5. Jen slepý osud? / Just blind fate?
01:07
20.
Intime Skizzen / Intimate Sketches: 6. Aby už se nemohlo jíti nikdy zp?t / So you can never return
01:26
21.
Intime Skizzen / Intimate Sketches: 7. Zlatý kroužek / The golden ring / Der goldene Ring (1928)
00:28
22.
Intime Skizzen / Intimate Sketches: 8. ?ekám T?! / Waiting for you! /Ich erwarte dich! (1928)
01:21
23.
Intime Skizzen / Intimate Sketches: 9. Rondo (1877)
01:39
24.
Intime Skizzen / Intimate Sketches: 10. Na památku / In memoriam
01:44
25.
Intime Skizzen / Intimate Sketches: 11. Své Olze / My Olga
01:32
26.
Intime Skizzen / Intimate Sketches: 12. Ukolébavka / Lullaby / Wiegenlied (p. 1920)
00:50
27.
Vzpomínka/ A Recollection (1928)
01:14
28.
Miniatures (1877 - 1927) : 13. Narodil se Kristus Pán / Lord Jesus Christ is Born
01:02
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