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    Nikolai Lugansky | piano 

    Nikolai Lugansky takes a stroll through the legacy of Viennese classicism.

    Photo de Nikolaï Lugansky © Simon Pauly
    Nikolaï Lugansky © Simon Pauly

    Mozart  Sonata K. 533
    Beethoven  Sonata No. 16 Op. 31 No. 2 « The Tempest »
    Liszt Legende No.2 S175, « St. Francis of Paola Walking on the Waves » 
    Wagner-Brassin  « Feuerzauber », excerpt from Die Walküre
    Wagner Prelude from Parsifal (piano arrangement by Félix Mottl)
    Les Filles-Fleurs and finale, excerpts from Parsifal (arrangement for piano by Zoltán Kocsis)
    Wagner-Liszt  The Death of Isolde, excerpt from Tristan und Isolde (transcription for piano S. 447)

    So you think you are familiar with Beethoven’s Tempest? “What is immediately striking […] is the way in which Nikolai Lugansky seems to sweep away our listening habits with a deeply personal and interpretation reflecting lived experience, as if the ink on the sonatas were barely dry,” wrote François Hudry for Qobuz in early 2022. At the time, the Russian pianist was recording the latest volume of the complete works of Beethoven, which he aims to complete in time for the bicentenary of the master’s death. In addition to Mozartian classicism, this virtuoso promises us an evening of rapture. Last year he presented his own transcriptions of Wagner, but this year he is borrowing from his illustrious forebears, including The Death of Isolde arranged by Liszt. Nirvana or bust! 

    Production Jeanine Roze Production