Rachmaninov 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 program that reaches the summit of pianistic wizardry.
Lugansky captures the depth of emotion and sheer variety of thess pieces, demonstrating a balance of power and poise that mark him out as a notable Rachmaninov interpreter. The Steinway model D sounds glorious.
– BBC Music Magazine
Some commentators have regarded Lugansky as being a cool or remote interpreter, but I cannot agree. He renders the C-sharpRead more minor with a lowering power that immediately holds the attention. There is power, too, in the G minor Op 23/5 and the intense F minor, Op 32/6. Yet it is invidious to cherry-pick, as the most impressive quality of the disc is the performance of the cycle as a whole. Harmonia Mundi’s sound is first-rate: a disc to treasure.