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Franck: Preludes, Fugues & Chorals / Lugansky

Lugansky,Nikolai
Release Date: 03/06/2020 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 902642  
Composer:  César Franck
Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Given the paucity of César Franck's piano music on disc, Nikolai Lugansky's focus on this composer is to be commended. On his third release for harmonia mundi, the Russian pianist reveals an organ master strongly attached to the musical forms inherited from J.S. Bach: the prelude, the fugue, and the chorale. Translated to the piano keyboard, Franck's music, with it's expansively conceived structures, requires a completely fresh approach that puts the greatest performers to the test: here, Lugansky took on an additional challenge by preparing his own transcription (a brilliant one, at that!) of Franck's celebrated Choral pour grand orgue No.2. Given the paucity of César Franck's piano music on disc, Nikolai Lugansky's focus on this composer is to be commended. On his third release for harmonia mundi, the Russian pianist reveals an organ master strongly attached to the musical forms inherited from J.S. Bach: the prelude, the fugue, and the chorale. Translated to the piano keyboard, Franck's music, with it's expansively conceived structures, requires a completely fresh approach that puts the greatest performers to the test: here, Lugansky took on an additional challenge by preparing his own transcription (a brilliant one, at that!) of Franck's celebrated Choral pour grand orgue No.2. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Prelude, Chorale and Fugue for Piano, M 21 by César Franck
Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; France 
2.
Prelude, Aria and Finale for Piano, M 23 by César Franck
Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886-1887; France 
3.
Chorales (3) for Organ by César Franck
Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; France 
4.
Prelude, Fugue and Variation for Organ in B minor, Op. 18 by César Franck
Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; France 

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