13 Songs, 54 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Debussy’s early promise as a virtuoso pianist never blossomed; instead he turned to composition, resulting in the creation of some of the 20th century’s greatest music. But he never abandoned the piano, and this beautifully played album gathers together some of his finest shorter works for the instrument. In pieces such as the Suite bergamasque and Images 2e Série, Lugansky ravishes the ear with playing of delicacy and fantasy. L’Isle joyeuse is gorgeous while “Jardins sous la pluie” conjures up the image of rain on leaves with astounding clarity.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Debussy’s early promise as a virtuoso pianist never blossomed; instead he turned to composition, resulting in the creation of some of the 20th century’s greatest music. But he never abandoned the piano, and this beautifully played album gathers together some of his finest shorter works for the instrument. In pieces such as the Suite bergamasque and Images 2e Série, Lugansky ravishes the ear with playing of delicacy and fantasy. L’Isle joyeuse is gorgeous while “Jardins sous la pluie” conjures up the image of rain on leaves with astounding clarity.

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About Nikolai Lugansky

Nikolai Lugansky is a Russian pianist, widely known for his insightful performances of Romantic music. A native of Moscow, he was born to a couple of research scientists. At the age of 5, he taught himself to play a Beethoven sonata by ear, and this led to taking lessons from his neighbor, composer and pianist Sergei Ipatov. Later, he attended the Moscow Central Music School and the Moscow Conservatory, studying piano with Tatiana Kestner, Tatiana Nikolaeva, and Sergei Dorensky. An active competitor, he won first prize at the All-Union Competition in Tbilisi and the silver medal at the 8th International Bach Competition in Leipzig, both in 1988, and won the second prize at the Rachmaninov Competition in Moscow in 1990. Lugansky was named best pianist in 1992 at the International Summer Academy Mozarteum in Salzburg. After recovering from foot and back injuries in 1993, he won the 1994 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition. As a concerto soloist, Lugansky has performed with Riccardo Chailly, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Valery Gergiev, Kurt Masur, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Edo de Waart, Leonard Slatkin, and many other conductors. In addition to his busy concert schedule, he is an accompanist for many musicians, including Anna Netrebko, Joshua Bell, Mischa Maisky, Yuri Bashmet, Vadim Repin, and others. Lugansky began recording with Melodiya and Vanguard Classics, beginning a fruitful recording career over the years with Warner Classics, PentaTone, Erato, Deutsche Grammophon, and Naïve.

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