Nikolai Lugansky review – dazzling technique in a dark programme

Nikolai Lugansky
The Guardian

The demands of Prokofiev and Rachmaninov allow the pianist to display his beautifully articulated skills

By Martin Kettle

Nikolai Lugansky is a pianist with everything impressively under his command. His dazzling technique is exceptionally secure, balanced and beautifully articulated. The direction and structure of his interpretations is judged to a nicety. His platform demeanour is modest and undemonstrative. Amid today's keyboard showboaters his seriousness comes as a blessed relief and if there is a nagging sense in his playing that something is always being held back, it would be hard to identify a particular bar or page to support the case.

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