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Nikolai Lugansky plays Janáček, Prokofiev, and Liszt

Verbier Festival 2008

Nikolai Lugansky plays Janáček, Prokofiev, and Liszt Verbier Festival 2008

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Nikolaï Lugansky gives an inspired and animated recital of works for solo piano by Janáček, Prokofiev, and Liszt.

In this Verbier Festival recital, pianist Nikolaï Lugansky shows the extent of his talents from the first note he plays. His expressive yet controlled sound, impeccable technique, and subtle musicality lend themselves well to the opening work, Janáček’s Sonata in E-flat Major, a sonata typical of the elusive and poetic music of that composer. Lugansky then passes from Janáček’s enigmatic impressionism to the relentless energy of Sergeï Prokofiev. Lugansky’s cool fingers hurl the Montagues and the Capulets into an unending battle through his striking interpretation of excerpts from Prokofiev’s Ten Pieces for Piano from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75.

The works by Liszt saved for the end of his recital spirit us away from the dark iciness of Prokofiev to a world focused on the beauty of nature, earthly spirituality, and metaphysical meditations. With Lugansky’s transparent playing, we listen to The Fountains of the Villa d'Este splash, hear the enchanting poetry of Petrarch’s Sonnets, and drift off into the mystical contemplations of the Douze études d'exécution transcendante.

Program

  • Leoš Janáček, Piano Sonata in E-flat Major, "1.X.1905"
    • The Presentiment
    • The Death
  • Sergei Prokofiev, Ten Pieces for Piano from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75
    • 5. Masks
    • 6. Montagues and Capulets
    • 7. Father Lorenzo
    • 8. Mercutio
    • 9. Lily Dance of the Maidens
    • 10. Romeo and Juliet before Parting
  • Franz Liszt, Years of Pilgrimage, Third year, S. 163
    • The Fountains of the Villa d'Este
  • Franz Liszt, Years of Pilgrimage, Second year: Italy, S. 161
    • 5. Sonetto No. 123 del Petrarca
  • Franz Liszt, 12 Transcendental Etudes
    • 12. Chasse-neige : Andante con moto
    • 10. Allegro agitato molto

Details

  • Directed by:
    • Louise Narboni
  • Venue: Verbier Festival (Verbier, Switzerland)
  • Production date: 2008
  • Recording date: 2008
  • Duration: 57 min
  • Production: © Idéale Audience
  • Available version(s): EN

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