Rachmaninov: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2 / Nikolai Lugansky, piano

Album Summary

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Sonata for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 28
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Nikolai Lugansky, already a major artist, has been hailed as the "next" in a line of great Russian pianists. He has been described as "a pianistic phenomenon of exceptional class" by the Netherlands' NRC Handelsblad and as "riveting" and "stand out" by London's Telegraph. Known for his superb interpretations of Rachmaninoff, Mr. Lugansky has been a prizewinner in several international competitions, including the International Bach Competition in Leipzig in 1988, the All-Union Rachmaninoff Competition in 1990, and the Tchaikovsky International Competition in 1994. An acclaimed recording artist, he has recently signed an exclusive deal with the Naïve-Ambroisie label, whose first release of solo Liszt works is now available. His previous release was an all-Chopin recital for Onyx which The Guardian described as "unquestionably thrilling". He now presents Piano Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 of Rachmaninoff.

BBC Music Magazine, January 2013
This is very exciting playing in two very taxing works...Lugansky produces plenty of fire and brimstone, but also creates a tender and refined sound...Even at its most aggressive, his playing has a clarity and an utterly convincing sense of where every passage fits into the grand design. A really impressive disc.

Gramophone Magazine, December 2012
If, like me, you feel that Rachmaninov's First Sonata doesn't quite stack up, Nikolai Lugansky's account may just cause you to have second thoughts...Lugansky's superb perofrmance is endorsed by the rich, full tone of the piano...Rachmaninov-playing of a very high order.

International Record Review, December 2012
With playing of this authority and conviction, it comes very highly recommended.

The Guardian, 11th October 2012
As always with his Rachmaninov, Lugansky's playing balances grand gestures with an immaculate sense of detail. It's a combination that works particularly well with the overt drama of the First Sonata, where his subtle rhythmic and emotional inflections add immensely to the gathering tension. His performance of the Second is altogether more restrained: the limpidity of the slow movement is exquisite in the extreme.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, UK (05/2012).



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Works Details

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Sonata for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 28
  • Performer: Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1907

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36
  • Performer: Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, UK (04/2012); Potton Hall, UK (05/2012)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1913