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LUGANSKY the SOLOIST



Nikolai Lugansky the Soloist is a study in facility.  His technique allows him to play effortlessly, yet one never has the sense that he is not paying attention to every detail, every subtlety, the purpose of every note.

We have the unusual opportunity in the first several videos to see and hear him practice and talk about Rachmaninoff and his three concerti.



Prokofiev Piano Concerto 2 in G minor, Op 16

i Andantino - Allegretto (Part I)


i Andantino - Allegretto (Part II)



ii Scherzo: Vivace



iii Intermezzo: Allegro moderato



iv Finale: Allegro tempestoso (Part I)



iv Finale: Allegro tempestoso (Part II)




Prokofiev Piano Concerto 3 in C major, Op 26
i Andante - Allegro
   ii Tema con variazioni   iii Allegro, ma non troppo

Vladimir Jurowski conducting the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

recorded in 2006




Ravel Piano Concerto for the Left Hand

unidentified conductor and orchestra


Part I



Part II



Lugansky rehearsing Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto 1 in F minor, Op 1



Lugansky discussing Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto 1 in F minor, Op 1



Lugansky discussing Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto 2 in C minor, Op 18



Lugansky rehearsing Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto 3 in D minor, Op 30



Lugansky discussing Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto 4 in G minor, Op 40


Lugansky discussing Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op 43



Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto 1 in F minor, Op 1

i Vivace (conclusion)

Lugansky playng with unidentified conductor and Russian orchestra




Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto 2 in C minor, Op 18

iii Allegro scherzando

Sakari Oramo conducting the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra




Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto 3 in D minor, Op 30

Roberto Abbado conducting l'Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI

recorded live in 1998


i Allegro ma non tanto



ii Intermezzo: Adagio
iii Finale: Alla breve




Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto 3 in D minor, Op 30

Jukka-Pekka Saraste conducting the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

recorded live in 2008 in the Royal Albert Hall, London


i Allegro ma non tanto (Part I)



i Allegro ma non tanto (Part II)



ii Intermezzo: Adagio (Part I)



ii Intermezzo: Adagio (Part II)

iii Finale: Alla breve (Part I)



iii Finale: Alla breve (Part II)




Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op 43

Sakari Oramo conducting the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra




Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto 1 in B♭ minor, Op. 23

Hannu Lintu conducting the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

recorded live in 2013


i Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso – Allegro con spirito (Part I)



i Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso – Allegro con spirito (Part II)



ii Andantino semplice – Prestissimo
iii
Allegro con fuoco (at 07:10)




Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 54
i Allegro affettuoso - ii Intermezzo: Andantino grazioso - iii Allegro vivace

Marek Yanovski conducting l'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

recorded in 2012 in the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Moscow




Chopin Piano Concerto 1 in E minor, Op 11
i Allegro maestoso (excerpt)

Marcelo Lehninger conducting the Dell'Arte Sinfonieta

recorded live in 2009




Chopin Piano Concerto 2 in F minor, Op 21
ii Larghetto

Alondra de la Parra conducting l'Orquesta de Paris

rehearsal recorded in 2013




Beethoven Piano Concerto 3 in C minor, Op 37
i Allegro con brio - ii Largo - iii Rondo. Allegro

Vladimir Spivakov conducting the National Philharmonic of Russia




Beethoven Piano Concerto 5 in E♭ major, Op 73 "Emperor"
(04:37) i Allegro con brio
(25:20) ii Adagio un poco mosso
(33:54) iii Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo

Mikhail Pletnev conducting the Russian National Orchestra

recorded live in 2011 in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory




Mozart Piano Concerto 20 in D minor, K 466
i Allegro -  ii Romanze - iii Allegro assai

Alexander Rudin conducting the Moscow Chamber orchestra "Musica Viva"

recorded in 2012 at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow




Mozart Piano Concerto 21 in C major, K 467

unidentified conductor and Russian orchestra


i Allegro maestoso (Part I)



i Allegro maestoso (Part II)



ii Andante. Alla breve



iii Allegro vivace assai










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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