Nikolai Lugansky

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Label: ETO
Catalog: 2564666189
Format: CD


Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 'Appassionata' Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight' Piano Sonata No. 22 in F major, Op. 54 Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10 No. 3 Chopin: 12 Études, Op. 10 12 Études, Op. 25 Trois Nouvelles Études Ballade No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47 Nocturne No. 13 in C minor, Op. 48 No. 1 Nocturne No. 8 in D flat major, Op. 27 No. 2 Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52 24 Preludes, Op. 28 Nocturne No. 18 in E major, Op. 62 No. 2 Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 65 with Alexander Kniazev (cello) Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 82 Piano Sonata No. 4 in C minor, Op. 29 Ten Pieces from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75 Rachmaninov: Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19 with Alexander Kniazev (cello) Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14 arr. Raphael Wallfisch Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor Preludes Op. 23 Nos. 1-10 (complete) Moments Musicaux, Op. 16 Piano Concertos Nos. 1-4 (complete) City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42 Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Op. 22

9-CD set! The focus of this edition is probably Lugansky's cycle of all works for piano and orchestra by Rachmaninov. Lugansky literally throws himself at the breakneck cadenza in the first movement of the First Piano Concerto and virtually devours it, just like Rachmaninov in his own recording. Lugansky also prefers a fresh, forward and unsentimental interpretation of the solo part in the Third Piano Concerto, as well as the lighter cadenza in the first movement, which the composer (such as Horowitz and Martha Argerich) also preferred, as opposed to the more difficult chord-based alternative to which most younger pianists feel compelled

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