Rachmaninoff took the genre of the prelude to its highest degree of perfection with his boundless musical invention and fearsome technical demands. In his first recording for harmonia mundi, Nikolai Lugansky brilliantly meets the challenge, offering a programme of the finest gems in his repertory of choice. A summit of pianistic wizardry!
A century after his death on 25 March 1918, many harmonia mundi artists are eager to pay tribute to Claude Debussy, the magician of melody and timbre, the great ‘colourist’ and father of modern music.
After Rachmaninoff’s Preludes, Nikolai Lugansky wanted to present a finely nuanced portrait of this composer so fond of travelling. Whether it ranges over time (Hommage à Haydn) or the most vividly imagined open spaces, this freely composed programme is concerned above all with light and colour, in works we can never tire of.
Hommage à Haydn
Images pour piano - Book 2
La plus que lente
"Lugansky finds ways to ravish the ear without ever letting us settle into monotony…Beneath the shimmering surface colours, Lugansky is alive to structural clarity without ever becoming impersonal or matter-of-fact…and given the nonchalant simplicity he brings to the most complex harmonies and textures, he can stand comparison with Gieseking."
Gramophone Magazine - November 2018
"The sequence on disc makes for a varied programme, mixing the familiar with the less so – nowhere more than in the Suite bergamasque, and its ubiquitous third movement, ‘Clair de lune’. It is strongly played, bordered by lovely accounts of Deux Arabesques and La plus que lente (‘The most slow’), the whole framed by L’isle joyeuse and Images Book II."
International Piano - November 2018
CD van de WEEK - Radio 4