by Nikolai Lugansky on Erato
Translated from the original
Dutch by Eric Noya
Edited by Valour
Sublime. An exceptional recording. Unsurpassably
Are these superlatives exaggerated ?
playing is full of expression. There is no technical limitation that
compromises his impressive interpretations. Chopin composed every study with a
specific technical difficulty in mind. For instance in No.2 the pianist has to
play very fast chromatic scales with the naturally weak third and fourth
fingers of the right hand . In No.9 the stretch of the left hand is tested to
the extreme. And Lugansky came, he saw, and played all with ease. With Chopin,
technical studies are no sheer finger-breakers. He managed to transform
distances and stretch-exercises into truly poetic miniatures. Lugansky
understands this like no-one else.
particular, his interpretation of No.4 is unequalled. Flashing over the keys
like a madman, he brings the tempo back very surprisingly and once again
seizes the initiative at just the right moment.