“Always interesting… Brenda Lucas is to be admired for her technical wizardry”– Classical Express
Brenda Lucas Ogdon, a critically acclaimed pianist, returns with her fresh and phenomenal new album ‘Ravel que J’Aime‘ very soon, with the brand new album set for a release date of October 1st on Sterling Records, a niche specialist modern Jazz label. Two preceding singles, ‘Miroirs: II. Oiseaux Tristes‘ and ‘À la manière de Borodine‘, have already been released, two beautiful and modern renditions of pieces originally composed by Maurice Revel. The new release marks only the latest epic chapter of Brenda’s rich musical career, having been awarded the Gold Medal from the Associated Board for the highest marks in any Practical Subject throughout the British Isles, Northern Ireland and Eire. Since that time, Brenda Lucas Ogdon has performed alongside the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as touring throughout the USA, Australia, Soviet Union and Hong Kong, and a few more locations.
In addition to all of that, Brenda Lucas Ogdon has announced that each of the royalties from the new album will be donated to Shelter – the UK-based homeless charity. This kind act follows in the passionate spirit of the artists’ previous charity work and good-meaning contributions to fundraising for those who are in need of basic essentials. For example, in 1993, she founded the John Ogdon Foundation – a charity which has completely funded three scholarships for gifted young musicians to allow them to pursue romantic and contemporary piano courses to a post graduate level. The initiative was originally started as a tribute to Brenda’s late husband, the virtuoso John Ogdon, who was given the Tchaikovsky Prize in Moscow, Russia back in 1992. So, there is no excuse not to get your teeth stuck into the full album when it hits record store shelves and digital marketplaces on October 1st.
“A charming and distinguished pianist” – The Gramophone
“A magical performance of agility in the tremolos and scale sequences… Miss Lucas completed the transition to the modern idiom and gave further proof of her diversity and wide repertoire” – Evening Standard
Words by Jacob Braybrooke
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