Helmut Peters, PIANONews 05-2021, 28.09.2021
“That pianists regularly play the classics of the repertoire and skillfully incorporate them into their concert and album programs is a given fact. But to make the most popular pieces for solo piano under the title “K(now)n Piano” the focus of a double album right away, as Jimin Oh-Havenith does, requires both courage and a concept. The pianist, who certainly sees herself as a kind of “storyteller” on the piano, is convinced that every performance of one of these endlessly heard pieces reveals new aspects of her perception, and that the interpreter of these well known works brings them into the present by reinterpreting them, gives them a uniqueness in the “now”, whose three letters are hidden in the little word “known”.
Jimin Oh-Havenith’s highly differentiated art of interpretation makes listening to these CDs an experience. Each of the pieces, from Schumann’s “Träumerei” to Beethoven’s “Für Elise” to Ravel’s “Jeux d’eau,” breathes an individual expression and bears witness to how intensely and how sensitively this pianist has engaged with the works and continues to do so.”