Moscow-born pianist Nikolai Lugansky has been praised for both the reflective poetry and the blazing virtuosity of his commanding performances, and he explores both of these qualities in his wideranging recital.
Admired as one of the world’s foremost Rachmaninov interpreters, Lugansky tackles a selection of the composer’s sometimes volcanic Études-tableaux, considered to be among the most challenging music in the piano repertoire.
His recital reaches a climax with Liszt’s sparkling water poem Les jeux d’eau à la Villa d’Este and the same composer’s brilliantly virtuosic solo-piano arrangement of one of the grandest moments in all Wagner’s operas.
In the first half, Lugansky contrasts the melancholy impressionism of Janácek’s suite In the Mists with four of Schubert’s intensely lyrical impromptus.
This concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
Nikolai Lugansky Piano
In the Mists
Four Impromptus D935
Étude-tableau in C Op 33 No 2
Étude-tableau in D minor Op 33 No 5
Étude-tableau in B minor Op 39 No 4
Étude-tableau in E flat minor Op 39 No 5
Étude-tableau in A minor Op 39 No 6
Les jeux d’eau à la Villa d’Este
Isolde’s Liebestod (arr. Liszt)