Debussy: Suite bergamasque , works for solo piano

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Debussy: Suite bergamasque , works for solo piano
Nikolai Lugansky (piano)

[ Harmonia Mundi / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 26 October 2018

A century after his death on 25 March 1918, many harmonia mundi artists are eager to pay tribute to Claude Debussy, the magician of melody and timbre, the great 'colourist' and father of modern music. After Rachmaninoff's Preludes, Nikolai Lugansky wanted to present a finely nuanced portrait of this composer so fond of travelling! Whether it ranges over time (Hommage à Haydn) or the most vividly imagined open spaces, this freely composed programme is concerned above all with light and colour, in works we can never tire of.

"Lugansky finds ways to ravish the ear without ever letting us settle into monotony…Beneath the shimmering surface colours, Lugansky is alive to structural clarity without ever becoming impersonal or matter-of-fact…and given the nonchalant simplicity he brings to the most complex harmonies and textures, he can stand comparison with Gieseking." Gramophone

"The sequence on disc makes for a varied programme, mixing the familiar with the less so - nowhere more than in the Suite bergamasque, and its ubiquitous third movement, 'Clair de lune'. It is strongly played, bordered by lovely accounts of Deux Arabesques and La plus que lente ('The most slow'), the whole framed by L'isle joyeuse and Images Book II." International Piano

"The plethora of colour this radical music contains is vibrantly illuminated in Lugansky's clear-sighted approach." Sunday Times


Suite bergamasque
Works for solo piano

L'Isle joyeuse. Quasi una cadenza

Deux Arabesques
I. Andantino con moto
II. Allegretto scherzando

Suite bergamasque
I. Prélude. Moderato (tempo rubato)
II. Menuet. Andantino
III. Clair de lune. Andante très expressif
IV. Passepied. Allegretto ma non troppo

La plus que lente. Valse
Lent (Molto rubato con morbidezza)

III. Jardins sous la pluie. Net et vif

Images, 2e Série
I. Cloches à travers les feuilles. Lent
II. Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut. Lent
III. Poissons d'or. Animé

Hommage à Haydn. Mouvement de Valse lente

Nikolai Lugansky - Debussy Arabesque [Concert footage]