For his third recording on Naïve / Ambroisie, and following an extremely successful Rachmaninov sonatas recording, Nikolai Lugansky pairs with one of the most refined conductors, Kent Nagano (with whom he already recorded several successful discs) and the excellent DSO-Berlin to perform brilliant, breathtaking performances of the virtuoso Grieg and Prokofiev Piano Concertos. Nikolai Lugansky records exclusively for the Naïve-Ambroisie label. His most recent recording, featuring Rachmaninov s two Piano Sonatas, was released in Autumn 2012 and won a number of awards including the Echo Klassik, the Diapason d Or, Gramophone Choice , Choc de Classica and Scherzo Excepcionales . This followed his disc of solo Liszt works, which led Le Monde to write that 'Nikolai Lugansky has entered the inner circle of great Lisztians'.
Far from just skittering over the keys, Lugansky in league with spot-on orchestral playing invests the music with real character, lending the musical ideas weight and physicality as well as sparkle. This is a must-have CD. 5 Stars --The Daily Telegraph
Disc of the Week. 'He brings a perfect blend of virtuosity, restless energy and poetic warmth to the work, it s intimately recorded, not too dry though, and unusually the coupling is the Grieg Concerto, to which Lugansky responds superbly: mixing impetuous propulsion and romantic rubato.' --BBC Radio 3
5 Stars. 'This takes its place alongside the finest performances…sparkling and vivacious' --BBC Music Magazine
GRAMOPHONE CHOICE 'It is surely in both these concertos that Nikolai Lugansky comes into his own. A modern take on a more traditional Russian piano tradition favouring the strongest emotional impulse, Lugansky, for all his manifest musical and technical skill, has sometimes seemed cool to the point of detachment. But here in the Grieg Concerto he is as rhapsodic and affectionate as he is masterly, the cadenza in particular superbly paced in its sharply focused drama and articulacy.' --Bryce Morrison, Gramophone January 2014