Soloist: Nikolai Lugansky (piano)
The Mariinsky Orchestra
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
Excerpts from the ballet Cinderella
Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 83
Running time 1 hour
The concert has no interval
"Lugansky is not just the greatest Russian pianist of our time, he is one of the true great artists of the age we live in” (Le Monde).This ecstasic response from the authorative French newspaper are more than mere words: for many years Nikolai Lugansky has appeared at the world's greatest concert venues and he has been a prize-winner at prestigious competitions (the All-Union Competition, the International Bach Competition in Leipzig and the International Tchaikovsky Competition), he has twice been the recipient of an ECHO Klassik award for his recordings, is a participant at the prestigious festivals of Verbier, La Roque d'Anthéron, Nantes, the Ruhr Piano Festival and the BBC Proms. Despite such international acclaim, Lugansky remains a modest person. The pianist says "Pasternak's phrase 'to be famous isn't attractive' is a defacto moment for me".
The evening programme includes Piano Concerto No 2 by Johannes Brahms under the baton of Valery Gergiev. The monumental four-movement concerto, a truly symphonic opus, proved tremendously popular even during the composer's lifetime. In the interpretation of Lugansky and Gergiev, two performers on a truly musical scale, this concert promises to be a grandiose event.