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Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas 4 & 6; Ten Pieces from Romeo and Juliet

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Listen  1. Prokofiev : Piano Sonata No.6 in A major Op.82 : I Allegro moderato 8:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Prokofiev : Piano Sonata No.6 in A major Op.82 : II Allegretto 4:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Prokofiev : Piano Sonata No.6 in A major Op.82 : III Tempo di valzer lentissimo 7:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Prokofiev : Piano Sonata No.6 in A major Op.82 : IV Vivace 6:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Prokofiev : Piano Sonata No.4 in C minor Op.29 : I Allegro molto sostenuto 6:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Prokofiev : Piano Sonata No.4 in C minor Op.29 : II Andante assai 7:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Prokofiev : Piano Sonata No.4 in C minor Op.29 : III Allegro con brio, ma non leggiere 3:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Prokofiev : 10 Pieces from Romeo and Juliet Op.75 : I Folk Dance 3:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Prokofiev : 10 Pieces from Romeo and Juliet Op.75 : II Scene 1:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Prokofiev : 10 Pieces from Romeo and Juliet Op.75 : III Minuet 2:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Prokofiev : 10 Pieces from Romeo and Juliet Op.75 : IV The Young Juliet 3:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Prokofiev : 10 Pieces from Romeo and Juliet Op.75 : V Masks 2:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. 10 Pieces from Romeo and Juliet Op.75 : VI Montagues and Capulets 3:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Prokofiev : 10 Pieces from Romeo and Juliet Op.75 : VII Father Lorenzo 2:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Prokofiev : 10 Pieces From Romeo And Juliet Op.75 : VIII Mercutio 2:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Prokofiev : 10 Pieces from Romeo and Juliet Op.75 : IX Lily Dance of the Maidens 1:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Prokofiev : 10 Pieces from Romeo and Juliet Op.75 : X Romeo Bids Juliet Farewell 7:31£0.79  Buy MP3 

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Following the successes of his previous, award-winning recordings for Warner Classics of works by Chopin, Britten and Rachmaninov, the brilliant Russian pianist Nikolai Lugansky tackles three virtuosic works by Sergei Prokofiev: the Sonatas Nos. 4 and 6 and the 10 Piece Suite from Romeo and Juliet, a transcription for piano drawn from the composer’s ballet score.
Lugansky, the son of two Russian scientists and the piano student of the late, great Russian pianist Tatiana Nikolayeva, won a silver medal in the 1988 Leipzig International Bach Competition and second prize in the 1990 Moscow Rachmaninov Competition. It was the top prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1994, however, that launched his international career with a string of celebrated concert appearances and recordings. His late teacher and mentor Nikolayeva referred to Lugansky as “the next one” in the grand Russian line of pianists extending back through Neuhaus, Gilels and Richter.
Lugansky’s recordings of Chopin Etudes and Preludes and Rachmaninov Preludes and Moments musicaux have each been awarded the Diapason d’Or. In addition, his Chopin Preludes CD was selected as Editor’s Choice in Gramophone and cited as one of the “Top 10 Classical CDs of 2002” in The Daily Telegraph. His Rachmaninov Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3 with the CBSO and Sakari Oramo have won the Choc du Monde de la Musique and the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik.
Lugansky’s recital and concerto performances in 2004 take him to Germany, Spain, UK, France, Portugal, Switzerland, Denmark and Italy. He returns to Japan as soloist with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Valery Gergiev in May and in recital with Vadim Repin in September. He gives a Wigmore Hall (London) recital in December.
Nikolai Lugansky’s next two CDs for Warner Classics will be Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, with the CBSO and Sakari Oramo, coupled with the Variations on a Theme of Corelli and Variations on a Theme of Chopin, followed by a disc of the same composer’s Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 4, with the same forces, to complete the cycle.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A Firebrand of a Pianist Completely in His Realm with Prokofiev 1 Sep 2005
By Grady Harp - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Nikolai Lugansky is one terrific keyboard sensation. He plays Prokofiev's unforgivingly difficult piano scores as though they were simplicity itself. Lugansky is in control of the entire keyboard, keeping the far reaches of bass and treble pulsating with energy while he finds the poetry in the inner keys. The effect of his mastery of this literature is astonishing.

In both of Prokofiev's Sonatas 4 and 6 Lugansky reveals a velocity and accuracy of attack that is ferocious while still able to be light and playful. His dynamic range is expansive (and the recorded sound is very helpful in displaying this!) and his pianistic technique is at al times matched by his interpretative insight. He finds Prokofiev's melodies in every phrase, melodies usually hidden by other less facile pianists' hands.

The additional bonus of episodes from Prokofiev's score for the ballet 'Romeo and Juliet' further substantiates Lugansky's credentials as a peppery, wizardly, yet gently poetic artist. One doesn't miss the orchestral original in Lugansky's hands. This is a very special recording by a fine pianist becoming better known on the stage today. Especially after this recording! Highly recommended. Grady Harp, September 05
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Incredible sound, incredible performance 15 Sep 2007
By James Grote - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
First of all, this is a very well recorded cd. The piano sound is incredible detailed and rich. Secondly, the performance is excellent, richly emotional befitting the music's underlying theme.

What got me to buy was hearing Montagues and Capulets on xmradio one day. That song in particular sounds great on piano.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Amazing Prokofiev 19 July 2011
By Jay - Published on
Format: Audio CD
These recordings were revelatory for me. I found the 4th piano sonata to be particularly stunning, exquisite. Dan Davis and Grady Harp are right on. Previously, Sonata 6 was never one of my favorites. This recording changed that. Lugansky's effortless virtuosity goes right to the heart of this amazing music. But his astonishing technique serves this music honestly without overtly drawing attention to itself. This pianist definitely has something important and original to say. I look forward to a Lugansky Prokofiev concerto cycle. As I submit this, the site states that this cd is "currently unavailable". Fortunately this disc is available from Amazon vendors at very reasonable prices.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Now Part of a Budget-Priced 9CD Box Set 11 May 2013
By J Scott Morrison - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This CD is now part of a 9CD budget-priced box-set Nikolai Lugansky containing music of Chopin, Rachmaninov and Beethoven, as well as this disc of Prokofiev's 4th and 6th sonatas and the ten pieces from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet Ballet arranged for piano by Prokofiev himself. The box set is a definite recommendation and since it only costs about what two regular-priced CDs would cost, that's a real bargain.

Scott Morrison
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