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NIKOLAÏ LUGANSKY

Bach, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff
Rachmaninoff’s Études-Tableaux brilliantly showcase the mastery and powerful virtuosity of pianist Nikolaï Lugansky, alongside an arrangement of Bach’s Partita for Violin No. 3 and Beethoven’s famous 'Moonlight' Sonata.
Programme

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
Three movements from Violin Partita No. 3 BWV 1006

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight Sonata’
Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor Op. 111

SERGEI RACHMANINOFF
Selection of Études-tableaux

 

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When Rachmaninoff was both a deft transcriber, and incorporated Bach-like polyphony into his own works, it’s no wonder he produced such a lovingly radiant, multi-coloured piano transcription of Bach’s Solo Violin Partita No. 3. Beethoven’s Sonata No. 14 was groundbreaking for opening not with a fast movement but a brooding Adagio, whose hypnotic broken chords are so pictorially evocative that the sonata was dubbed the ‘Moonlight’. After an Allegretto provides brief sunny respite, a stormy Presto with percussive offbeats concludes. Even more rhythmically striking is the second and final movement of Op. 111, his last sonata. A theme and variations, its 9/16 beat gets sub-divided as it progresses, producing a jazzy swing. Rachmaninoff’s rhythmically complex and technically demanding ‘Study Pictures’ did genuinely have extra-musical inspiration, so when Respighi transcribed a few for orchestra, Rachmaninoff provided programmatic descriptions.

Media
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor Op. 27 No. 2 'Moonlight Sonata' | Alessio Bax (Église de Verbier, 2016)
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor Op. 111 | András Schiff (Église de Verbier, 2016)