Nikolai Lugansky

Études-Tableaux (complete)

Format: CD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917205725
Catnr: CC 72057
Release date: 01 January 1993
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Challenge Classics
UPC
0608917205725
Catalogue number
CC 72057
Release date
01 January 1993
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Extraordinarily gifted Lugansky plays unique Études-Tableaux by Rachmaninov

In 1911 Rachmaninov reverts to the genre of piano miniature. He creates his famous cycle Études-Tableaux op. 33, unprecedented in piano music. The name, which remains unique in the history of music, came naturally to Rachmaninov, since many of his works are inspired by visual images. ‘Études’ suggests the virtuosity of Rachmaninov’s pianistic art.

In contrast to the Preludes and Moments Musicaux that usually reflect fleeting changes of the composer’s inner world, the Études-Tableaux create epic symbolic images which add up to make a grandiose ‘Tableau de Russe’. Written before the cataclysm which was to transform Russia, they were imbued with the very essence of Russia, from folklore tales to ascetic clerical culture.

The Études-Tableaux op. 39 (1916) is the last Rachmaninov’s work written in Russia. The whole cycle, conceived on a larger scale than op. 33, was performed for the first time in February 1917, the last days of the Russian empire. The coming events cast their sinister shadows over this composition. Eight pieces of nine are written in minor.
Buitengewoon begaafde Lugansky speelt unieke Études-Tableaux van Rachmaninov
In 1911 keert Rachmaninov terug naar het pianominiatuur. Hij creëert zijn beroemde cyclus Études-Tableaux opus 33, die binnen de pianomuziek zijn weerga niet kent. De naam, die uniek blijft in de muziekgeschiedenis, kwam vanzelfsprekend tot Rachmaninov, omdat veel van zijn werken geïnspireerd zijn door beeldende kunst. ‘Études’ duidt op de virtuositeit van Rachmaninovs pianokunst.

In tegenstelling tot de Preludes en Moments Musicaux, die meestal vluchtige veranderingen in de ziel van de componist weerspiegelen, creëren de Études-Tableaux epische symbolische beelden die samen een grandioos ‘Tableau de Russe’ vormen. De werken werden gecomponeerd voor de omwenteling die Rusland zou veranderen, en werden doordrenkt met het wezen van Rusland, van volksverhalen tot aan de ascetische geestelijke cultuur.

De Études-Tableaux opus 39 uit 1916 is het laatste werk dat Rachmaninov in Rusland componeerde. De gehele cyclus, grootschaliger dan opus 33, werd voor het eerst uitgevoerd in februari 1917, de laatste dagen van het Russische keizerrijk. De gebeurtenissen die aanstaande zijn werpen hun sinistere schaduwen over deze compositie. Acht van de negen stukken staan in mineur.

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Nikolai Lugansky is now acknowledged as one of the world's great interpreters of the piano repertoire. He regularly works with prominent conductors of major orchestras. His concerts, recitals, and chamber music performances throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas have earned him the rapturous applause of critics as well as audiences.

His numerous recordings offer further evidence of his artistry. In 2000, he won the Diapason d'Or de l'Annee for his recording of the complete Chopin Etudes. His subsequent recordings of Rachmaninov Preludes and Moments Musicaux and Chopin Preludes each won him aDiapason d'Or as well. His disc of Rachmaninov Piano Concertos 1 & 3 has been awarded Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik. His recording of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 for Pentatone Classics was selected asGramophone Editor's Choice (February 2004).

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