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Liszt / Nikolai Lugansky, piano

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : 12 Etudes d'exécution transcendante, S139/R2b
>Liszt, Franz : Grandes etudes de Paganini, S. 141
>Liszt, Franz : Les Annees de pelerinage, premiere annee, Suisse, S. 161
>Liszt, Franz : Les Annees de pelerinage, deuxieme annee, Italie, S. 161
>Liszt, Franz : Les Annees de pelerinage, troisieme annee, Italie, S. 163
>Liszt, Franz : Isolde's "Liebestod" from Wagner's "Tristan", S 447
>Liszt, Franz : Valses oubliees (4) for Piano, S 215
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Notes & Reviews:

This is the first recording on Naïve-Ambroisie of renowed Russian pianist Nikolai Lugansky. This first recital is dedicated to Franz Liszt, whose 200th anniversary is celebrated this year, and generally regarded as having been the greatest piano virtuoso of his time. He was the first to give complete solo recitals, filling concert halls all over Europe with his powerful and wondrous performances. The works selected and performed by the brilliant art of Nikolai Luganksy all show that Liszt was a composer of great originality, who radically extended the technique of piano writing, giving the instrument brilliance. In choosing Franz Liszt as the subject of this recording, Nikolai Lugansky joins a long line of Russian pianists who have exercised their skills performing his works. They include Mily Balakirev (1837-1910), first of all, who, like the other members of "The Five", Borodin, Mussorgsky, Cui and Rimsky-Korsakov, loved the Hungarian composer's music; then Gilels, Rachmaninov, Horowitz, and many others too numerous to mention. The Moscow-born pianist has put together this programme, his first devoted entirely to the works of Liszt, with a seriousness, freedom and concern for overall unity worthy of the composer himself.

"Of the numerous Liszt albums issued to mark the composer's bicentenary, this is among the most striking. Nikolai Lugansky is a fine – if occasionally cool – interpreter of his work, blending lyricism with panache and just the right sense of daring, so that you're often conscious of huge technical challenges braved, then overcome. The programme is essentially a selection from the Etudes d'Exécution Transcendente and the three books of Années de Pèlerinage, with the late Valse Oubliée and the transcription of the Liebestod from Wagner's Tristan und Isolde thrown in. Some of it is wonderfully restrained, particularly the performance of Chasse-neige with which the disc opens, where the sheer beauty of Lugansky's playing belies the work's difficulty... there's a performance of Vallée d'Obermann that is overwhelming in its cumulative power, and an account of Feux Follets that is awesome in its technical dexterity." -The Guardian

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, UK (06/2011).



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>Liszt, Franz : 12 Etudes d'exécution transcendante, S139/R2b
  • Performer: Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851

>Liszt, Franz : Grandes études de Paganini, S. 141 :: Étude no 3 in G sharp minor "La Campanella"
  • Performer: Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851

>Liszt, Franz : Les Années de pèlerinage, première année, Suisse, S. 161 :: Valée d'Obermann
  • Performer: Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1848-1855

>Liszt, Franz : Les Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, Italie, S. 161 :: Sposalizio
  • Performer: Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838-1861

>Liszt, Franz : Les Années de pèlerinage, troisième année, Italie, S. 163 :: Les jeux d'eau de la Villa d'Este
  • Performer: Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1877-1882

>Liszt, Franz : Les Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, Italie, S. 161 :: Sonnet de Pétrarque
  • Performer: Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838-1861

>Liszt, Franz : Isolde's "Liebestod" from Wagner's "Tristan", S 447 :: Schluászene aus Tristan und Isolde, transcription for piano (after Wagner), S. 4
  • Performer: Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1867

>Liszt, Franz : 12 Etudes d'exécution transcendante, S139/R2b
  • Performer: Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851

>Liszt, Franz : Valses oubliées (4) for Piano, S 215
  • Performer: Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1881