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NIKOLAI LUGANSKY PLAYS CHOPIN



Nikolai Lugansky plays Chopin beautifully. He brings out Chopin's classical side, clarity and precision, rather than the romantic. Rubato is delicately perceptible and limited to moments of musical necessity. But from what we know about Chopin's own style of playing, it is not difficult to imagine that he would have approved. The performance of the Nocturne Op 48 n°1 is of particular interest. It is not one of the most often performed Nocturnes and receives a splendid reading By Lugansky.



Chopin Études Opus 10


1 in C major



2 in A minor



3 in E major



4 in C minor



5 in G♭ major



6 in E minor



7 in C major



8 in F major



9 in F minor



10 in A major



11 in E♭ major



12 in C minor




The recordings of both sets of Etudes, Op 10 and Op 25, are available on Erato records. I heartily recommend their purchase. Perhaps not since Vladimir Ashkenazy burst on the scene in the late 1950s with his first MK recording of the full set, and Maurizio Pollini did the same about 10 years later, has there been as exciting a complete recording of the Chopin Etudes.



Chopin Études Opus 25


1 in A major



2 in F minor



3 in F major



4 in A minor



5 in E minor



6 in G minor



7 in C minor



8 in D major



9 in G major



10 in B minor



11 in A minor



12 in C minor




Chopin Ballades


3 in A♭ major, Op 47




4 in F minor, Op 52

Recorded in 2004


Part I



Part II




4 in F minor, Op 52

Recorded in 2012




Chopin Fantaisie in F minor, Op 49




Chopin Barcarolle in F major, Op 60




Chopin Fantaisie-Impromptu in C minor, Op.66




Chopin Nocturnes

recorded in 2004


8 in D♭ major, Op27 n2




13 in C minor, Op 48 n1




Chopin Preludes Opus 28


17 in A♭ major (Allegretto)



24 in D minor (Allegro appassionato)




Chopin Polonaise in A♭ major, Op 53










For those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, here is my first with a strong musical polemic as background

Murder in the House of the Muse

which is also available as an audiobook.



And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:

Murder Follows the Muse



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