Nikolaï Lugansky press reviews
Lugansky is not just a magnificent virtuoso, he is, first and foremost, a pianist who becomes fully immersed in the music for the beauty.
"There is a moving transparency and reserve about Lugansky's way... His refined brilliance, too, makes something special of the Fantaisie-impromptu." (Gramophone, September 2010)
“Nikolai Lugansky has a formidable technique, and when he puts a bit of muscle behind it, he produces the big sound that characterizes the Russian style. But Lugansky seemed less interested in traditional Russian pyrotechnics than in transparency and refinement… the unusual gentleness he brought to several Chopin works, including the Nocturne (Op. 27, No. 2) and parts of the Fantaisie (Op. 49), gave his readings a particular allure. Where a pressured approach that underscored a passage’s emotional heat was the obvious (and standard) interpretation, Lugansky tended to phrase the music carefully and quietly, letting it sing.” (New York Times, May 2010)
“Not for him any gratuitous pyrotechnics. Fleet, limpid passage-work, powerful drama and pianistic weight are harnessed when appropriate, but the consistently absorbing feature of his performances is the way they dig so deeply and lucidly into the substance beneath the surface.” (The Telegraph, April 2010)
“Velvety virtuosity...mightily impressive....an appealing recital.” (BBC Radio 3 CD Review, April 2010)