Chopin: Piano Sonata No 3, CD review

04.23.10
Nikolai Lugansky
Telegraph (UK)

By Geoffrey Norris

Chopin: Piano Sonata No 3; Fantaisie-impromptu Op 66; Prelude in C sharp minor Op 45; Scherzo No 4; Nocturne in F Op 15 No 1; Fantaisie in F minor Op 49; Waltz in C sharp minor Op 64 No 2. Nikolai Lugansky (piano)

Characteristically, Lugansky imbues this Chopin recital with concentrated thought. 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.