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5.0 out of 5 stars A recording and set of performances to compare with the very best, 18 May 2013
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This review is from: Chopin: Etudes Op 10 & 25 nos 1-12, 3 Nouvelles Etudes (Audio CD)
This disc, very well recorded in 1999, has garnered many appreciative reviews from a wide range of critical opinion.
Lugansky has a level of technical accomplishment that makes the technical challenged of this music less of a problem than might apply for others. In particular, he is blessed with an unusually wide hand-span that may be a further help, such as in in his Rachmaninov playing. This allows him to achieve greater clarity by not having to use the sustaining pedal to help cover wide gaps.

Lugansky thus brings great technical proficiency to his interpretations that are notably lyrical in style. In this respect he is far closer to Perahia in approach than to Ashkenazy for example who is more percussive in his dramatic style. Both Perahia and Lugansky see these works in a warmer light that the somewhat cooler Rubinstein and the much cooler Pollini. Comparisons such as these are not intended to be anything other than pointers to an approach of course. All these pianists offer pianism of supreme quality and collectors of multiple versions will be aware of this.

However, for those interested in a single 'only' purchase I would suggest that either Perahia or Lugansky offer an unusual level of satisfaction by blending a high degree of technical wizardry with a warmly lyrical concept musically. I would not wish to be without either, but pushed to a final choice, I might well opt for this disc by Lugansky.
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Initial post: 27 Aug 2015 22:56:14 BDT
Last edited by the author on 27 Aug 2015 22:57:21 BDT
Marquis says:
On my cd there is a sound throughout the album, not
sure how to describe it, but I Guess "hiss" could be the
right Word. I have wondered if this could be a fault
on my copy, since I have not heard anyone else mention this ?
(hiss, crackle, or similar to old vinyl.)

In the meantime Im trying Zlata Chochieva's recording
of the etudes.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Aug 2015 09:45:50 BDT
Andrea says:
Mine is totally clear. Maybe download a copy too?

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Aug 2015 13:30:32 BDT
Marquis says:
Hello, thank you for Your information!
I Think I will buy another.
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