Now Playing: Warner Classics
Topic: Nikolai Lugansky
Warner Classics, 2564 60613-2, UK
S. Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini*
Variations on a Theme of Corelli
Variations on a Theme of Chopin
Nikolai Lugansky, piano
*City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
*Sakari Oramo, conductor
*Recorded: 15-16 August 2003
Solo works recorded: 28-30 June 2004
Anthony Tommasini wrote, in The New York Times (31 Oct. 2004):
"The Rachmaninoff recording offers a scintillating account of the popular "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini," with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra sounding crisp and energetic under the Finnish conductor Sakari Oramo. Despite taking daringly swift tempos in the faster variations, he plays with consistent clarity and telling detail. ... Mr. Lugansky's spacious playing is straightforwardly expressive: a refreshing change from pianists who can't help milking this music for every drop of sentiment.
"There are also incisive and thoughtful accounts of two demanding solo works, Variations on a Theme of Corelli and Variations on a Theme of Chopin, in performances that make a strong case for the musical integrity and contrapuntal ingenuity of these seldom-heard scores."