Nikolai Lugansky performs a programme of Rachmaninov piano works in celebration of the composer’s 150th anniversary.
Lugansky has a special connection with Sergei Rachmaninov. The pianist says that he is his idol and is, in his opinion, one of the most Russian composers of all, because the melodies of the folk songs and the sacred music of Russia decisively shape his tonal language.
As a native of Moscow, Lugansky is considered a specialist in the piano works of Rachmaninov, despite the fact that he has mastered almost the entire repertoire of his instrument, from Bach to contemporary music. Nikolai Lugansky discovered the piano at the age of five after hearing a piano sonata by Beethoven and simply trying to play the minuet on his parents’ instrument. In addition to his musical talent, he has the gift of being able to assimilate a work in a very short time. For example, when he was 18, Nikolai Lugansky learned Rachmaninov’s enormously difficult Third Piano Concerto in just three days. He trained under Tatjana Kestner, Sergej Dorensky and Tatjana Nikolajewa, a pupil of Alexander Goldenweiser, who was a friend of Rachmaninov.
In 1994, Lugansky won the famous Tchaikovsky Competition, an event that launched his international career and brought him invitations to the leading orchestras and the major concert halls and festivals. His powerful, vivid playing and interpretative finesse make the musician, who was named ‘People’s Artist of Russia’ in 2013, one of the leading pianists of our time.
RACHMANINOV: Preludes, Op. 23
RACHMANINOV: Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42
RACHMANINOV: Études-tableaux, Op. 39
Running time: 90 minutes plus interval
Piano – Nikolai Lugansky
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