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Nikolai Lugansky Plays Chopin, Rachmaninov, Beethoven & Prokofiev

Chopin / Rachmaninov / Beethoven / Lugansky
Release Date: 05/29/2012 
Label:  Erato   Catalog #: 666189   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenFrédéric ChopinSergei RachmaninovSergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Nikolai LuganskyAlexander Kniazev
Conductor:  Sakari Oramo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 9 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"All performance is mediation between material and audience: Lugansky's interpretations, far from being vague, are immensely strong and subtle."

- The Guardian, London

"...Mr. Lugansky, true to the Russian Romantic heritage, plays with a plush sound and plenty of impetuosity. But, born to two scientists, he is also an analytic musician. In the opening of the concerto, which begins with a series of ominous chords that grow in sound and intensity, Mr. Lugansky voiced each one to highlight harmonic intricacies. And when the surging main theme broke out in the orchestra, he brought penetrating sound and sweep to the rippling piano arpeggios that accompany the melody."

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Read more Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, (Review of live 2011 concert featuring Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2)

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Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Piano no 7 in D major, Op. 10 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/2005 
Venue:  Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 23 Minutes 54 Secs. 
2. Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/2005 
Venue:  Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 15 Minutes 55 Secs. 
3. Sonata for Piano no 22 in F major, Op. 54 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/2005 
Venue:  Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 11 Minutes 44 Secs. 
4. Sonata for Piano no 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804-1805; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/2005 
Venue:  Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 25 Minutes 57 Secs. 
5. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1833; Poland 
Date of Recording: 11/1999 
Venue:  Maison d'Ile de France, Alfortville 
Length: 28 Minutes 21 Secs. 
6. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1836; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 11/1999 
Venue:  Maison d'Ile de France, Alfortville 
Length: 30 Minutes 13 Secs. 
7. Nouvelles Etudes (3) for Piano, B 130 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 11/1999 
Venue:  Maison d'Ile de France, Alfortville 
Length: 5 Minutes 27 Secs. 
8. Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, B 160/Op. 65 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky (Piano), Alexander Kniazev (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Paris, France 
Venue:  The Maltings, Snape, Suffolk, England 
Length: 30 Minutes 39 Secs. 
9. Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 19 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Alexander Kniazev (Cello), Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Russia 
Venue:  The Maltings, Snape, Suffolk, England 
Length: 34 Minutes 50 Secs. 
10. Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky (Piano), Alexander Kniazev (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1915; Russia 
Venue:  The Maltings, Snape, Suffolk, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 19 Secs. 
11. Ballade for Piano no 3 in A flat major, B 136/Op. 47 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; Paris, France 
12. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 142/Op. 48: no 1 in C minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
13. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27: no 2 in D flat major, B 96 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
14. Ballade for Piano no 4 in F minor, B 146/Op. 52 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
15. Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
16. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 161/Op. 62: no 2 in E major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
17. Preludes (10) for Piano, Op. 23 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1903; Russia 
18. Moments musicaux (6), Op. 16 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Russia 
19. Morceaux de fantaisies (5), Op. 3: no 2, Prélude in C sharp minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
20. Concerto for Piano no 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
Conductor:  Sakari Oramo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891/1917; Russia 
21. Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
Conductor:  Sakari Oramo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
22. Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
Conductor:  Sakari Oramo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Russia 
23. Concerto for Piano no 4 in G minor, Op. 40 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
Conductor:  Sakari Oramo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926/1941; USA 
24. Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
Conductor:  Sakari Oramo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1934; USA 
25. Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1931; USA 
26. Variations on a theme of Chopin, Op. 22 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902-1903; Russia 
27. Sonata for Piano no 6 in A major, Op. 82 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939-1940; USSR 
Date of Recording: 10/2003 
Venue:  Teldec Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 26 Minutes 38 Secs. 
28. Sonata for Piano no 4 in C minor, Op. 29 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; Russia 
Date of Recording: 10/2003 
Venue:  Teldec Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 16 Minutes 47 Secs. 
29. Pieces (10) for Piano from "Romeo and Juliet", Op. 75 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USSR 
Date of Recording: 10/2003 
Venue:  Teldec Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 30 Minutes 53 Secs. 

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