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Recorded in the famous Jesus-Christus- Kirche in Berlin, this is a sonically beautiful and stunning disc with a very wide dynamic range. The coupling is stimulating, particularly as Lugansky foregrounds the lyric in the Grieg. A spirit of nostalgic longing permeates Lugansky’s reading of this composer, yet there is variety, too: the spirit of the dance is palpable in the finale. In some ways, Lugansky’s approach is reminiscent of Lupu’s famous Decca recording. Unsurprisingly, therefore, the central Adagio is a dream, beautifully shaped by both Lugansky and Nagano. The Prokofiev lavishes attention on the more reflective passages of the score. While not dislodging Argerich and Kapell in this piece, Lugansky offers a valid alternative. The balance between piano and orchestra is expert throughout (not too far forward), although the castanets in the Prokofiev are too recessed.

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