Nikolai Lugansky plays Janáček, Prokofiev, Liszt

Verbier Festival 2008

Nikolaï Lugansky gives a challenging and inspired performance.

Beginning with Janacek's ethereal and poetic music, the pianist Nikolaï Lugansky immediately brandishes his art: a controlled and expressive sound, an impressive technique and a musical sensitivity full of restraint and elegance.

Balancing between modesty and passion, the prince of piano travels from the impressionist and enigmatic sonata of Janacek to the implacable energy of his compatriot Sergei Prokoviev. Under Luganksy's fingertips, the Montaingus and the Capulets fight a never ending war in the Romeo and Juliette suite. With his synoptic view of music, the pianist delivers an interpretation that is both rigorous and masterful.

Far from Prokoviev's imposing coldness, Liszt's works celebrate the sweltering beauty of nature, either in its terrestrial spirituality or in its metaphysical heights. With Lugansky's transparent interpretation, the Jeux d'eau and the Sonnets de Petrarque cause a sensation.

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Duration : 57 min
Location : Verbier Festival (Verbier, Switzerland)
Recording date : 2008
Production date : 2008
Production : © Idéale Audience

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