Rachmaninoff: Piano Concertos 1-4, Paganini Rhapsody, Etc. [Box Set]

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
Strongly virtuosic, warmly expressive, and brilliantly colorful, Nikolai Lugansky's performances of Rachmaninov's "Four Piano Concertos" plus his "Paganini Rhapsody" and "Chopin" and "Corelli Variations" are fine as far as they go. But they go no further than virtuosic, expressive, and colorful. As brilliant as his playing is -- and Lugansky sails through the hardest passages of the hardest pages of the hardest fin de siècle Russian piano composer's music with the greatest of ease -- as expressive as his playing is -- and Lugansky understands every accent, every dynamic, and every phrase marking with complete sympathy -- and as colorful as his playing is -- and Lugansky ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
Strongly virtuosic, warmly expressive, and brilliantly colorful, Nikolai Lugansky's performances of Rachmaninov's "Four Piano Concertos" plus his "Paganini Rhapsody" and "Chopin" and "Corelli Variations" are fine as far as they go. But they go no further than virtuosic, expressive, and colorful. As brilliant as his playing is -- and Lugansky sails through the hardest passages of the hardest pages of the hardest fin de siècle Russian piano composer's music with the greatest of ease -- as expressive as his playing is -- and Lugansky understands every accent, every dynamic, and every phrase marking with complete sympathy -- and as colorful as his playing is -- and Lugansky illuminates every shade from pensive blue to passionate red in Rachmaninov's piano writing -- Lugansky's playing doesn't say much about the content of the music, and why, aside from the fact that it's virtuosic, expressive, and colorful, it should be performed. The musical depth and emotional power of Rachmaninov's concertos are missing here, and what remains, while extremely impressive technically, is musically and emotionally disappointing. Sakari Oramo and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra provide Lugansky with polished and professional accompaniments and Warner Classics provides him with smooth and clear sound.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/20/2007
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • UPC: 825646367528
  • Catalog Number: 63675
  • Sales rank: 46,902

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1 - Sergey Rachmaninov & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (26:49)
  2. 4–6 Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30 - Sergey Rachmaninov & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (41:07)
Disc 2
  1. 1–3 Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 - Sergey Rachmaninov & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (33:47)
  2. 4–6 Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Op. 40 - Sergey Rachmaninov & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (26:10)
Disc 3
  1. 1–12 Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Introduction and 24 Variations), in A minor for piano & orchestra, Op. 43 - Sergey Rachmaninov & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (23:30)
  2. 13–22 Variations on a Theme of Corelli, for piano, Op. 42 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Nikolai Lugansky (19:31)
  3. 23–34 Variations on a Theme of Chopin, for piano, Op. 22 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Nikolai Lugansky (30:17)
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Nikolai Lugansky Primary Artist
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