Schubert - Piano Sonata D958, Impromptus D935
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Cat No: AM214
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 30th October 2015
ArtistsNicolai Lugansky (piano)
For his first Schubert recording, Nikolai Lugansky has chosen one sonata and four impromptus from the late output of the iconic Viennese composer.
Schubert composed his last three piano sonatas in Vienna during the summer of 1828, shortly before his death on 19 November at the age of 31. The first of the three, in C minor D958, is the most impassioned, and the power and dark energy emerging from its four movements are reminiscent of Beethoven. After the latter’s death on 26 March 1827, Schubert felt liberated from the weight of idolatry and composed such masterpieces as these final sonatas, the Lieder cycle 'Winterreise', and the 'Impromptus' for piano, the last four of which are also featured on this recording.
The elegance and technical prowess of Nikolai Lugansky’s playing are perfectly suited to these masterpieces.
“remarkable artistry… In some ways, his virtuosic playing bears the hallmarks of the Russian Romantic heritage: rich singing tone, depth of sound, roomy expressive freedom. But as he showed on Tuesday night in a program of Schubert and Tchaikovsky at the 92nd Street Y, Mr Lugansky, 42, is a keenly intelligent pianist who values textural clarity. Almost like a scientist, he searches out inner details and strives to convey the structural underpinnings of a piece, even if this means adopting a measure of reserve… Mr Lugansky played with crystalline clarity and lilt in beautifully understated performances that allowed wistful elements of the music to emerge." - The New York Times, 2015
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