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Absolutely Splendid!

Lugansky does a phenomenal job here. The sound he summons is broad and luxurious, alternating between thunderous tumult and exquisite pianissimos. I find I listen to the Op. 33 (my allegiance on the Op. 39 go to Kissin) repeatedly, particularly nos three and four, which seem to grip me. The atmosphere is thoroughly Russian and has intoxicating intensity. His technique is clear, precise, unrelenting but he also illustrates haunting beauty. This quickly became one of my favorite recordings.


Genre: Classical

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,...
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Rachmaninov: Études-Tableaux, Opp. 33 & 39, Nikolai Lugansky
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Jul 22, 2007

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