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Nikolaï Lugansky | piano 

Nikolai Lugansky's full palette from Beethovenian classicism to Debussy melody.

Nikolaï Lugansky
Nikolaï Lugansky © Jean-Baptiste Millot

Programme

Beethoven Sonata No.30 Op.109, Sonata No.32 Op. 111
Debussy Estampes
Rachmaninov Etudes-Tableaux Op. 33 & Op.39 (excerpts) 

To read

At the antipodes of the immense Hammerklavier that preceded it, Beethoven's Sonata No. 30 aspires to tranquillity, even detachment. Skillfully crafted, it nevertheless emanates an impression of almost improvised freedom. This makes it a work written for the hand of Nikolai Lugansky, the quiet force of the Russian piano capable of weighing every detail without sacrificing any of the broad theme. Approached in this way, the variations that close Opus 111 will more than ever prove Wilhelm Kempff right, who considered them to be "the last step from this world to the next". Before painting Rachmaninov's Etudes-tableaux, with which he remains unrivalled, the pianist will find in Debussy's Estampes three pieces that live up to his intimate and delicate palette.

PRODUCTION Jeanine Roze Production

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