Free Download: Nikolai Lugansky's Rachmaninov Prelude

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Free Download: Nikolai Lugansky's Rachmaninov Prelude

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This week, our free download is Rachmaninov's Prelude Op. 23 No. 5 Alla marcia in G minor, performed by Russian pianist Nikolai Lugansky, courtesy of Harmonia Mundi. It received four stars for both performance and recording in the May issue of BBC Music Magazine.

Rachmaninov completed this particular prelude in 1901 in his set of ten preludes (Op. 23), all recorded on Lugansky's latest disc. Rachmaninov himself performed the piece's premiere in Moscow in 1903. Like the concertos, the preludes Rachmaninov wrote are exceptionally demanding for the performer, both technically and emotionally. The Alla marcia in particular requires immense agility, with octave leaps dominating the piece.

'Lugansky demonstrates a balance of power and poise that mark him out as a notable Rachmaninov interpreter', writes Claire Jackson. 'The Steinway model D sounds glorious.'

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