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Franck : Préludes, Fugues & Chorals

Nikolai Lugansky

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After recording Rachmaninov's 24 Preludes and a recital dedicated to Claude Debussy for his new publisher harmonia mundi, pianist Nikolai Lugansky extends his repertoire even further with a monographic album dedicated solely to César Franck. The list of piano works by this organ-playing composer was not very extensive, so Lugansky chose to perform the Prelude, Fugue and Variation Op. 18, and theChorale No. 2 , on the piano, both in the same key.
Written specifically for the piano, the two triptychs Prélude, Choral et Fugue and Prélude, Aria et Final are inspired by both Bach and Liszt and had an obvious influence on later French music, particularly with Albéric Magnard (Symphony No. 3) and all the way up to Francis Poulenc (Concerto for organ ).
Nikolai Lugansky constructs these pieces like a builder, with unfailing solidity. He brings out the architecture and the projections with power and fullness, while looking for what he calls "a French sound, a beauty of sonority and refined sound without lourdeur". © François Hudry/Qobuz

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Prélude, Choral et Fugue, FWV 21 (César Franck)

1
Prélude. Moderato
00:04:48

Nikolai Lugansky, Piano - César Franck, Composer

© 2020 harmonia mundi ℗ 2020 harmonia mundi

2
Choral. Poco più lento - Poco Allegro
00:06:30

Nikolai Lugansky, Piano - César Franck, Composer

© 2020 harmonia mundi ℗ 2020 harmonia mundi

3
Fugue. Tempo I°
00:07:29

Nikolai Lugansky, Piano - César Franck, Composer

© 2020 harmonia mundi ℗ 2020 harmonia mundi

Prélude, Aria et Final, FWV 23 (César Franck)

4
Prélude. Allegro moderato e maestoso
00:09:16

Nikolai Lugansky, Piano - César Franck, Composer

© 2020 harmonia mundi ℗ 2020 harmonia mundi

5
Aria. Lento
00:05:54

Nikolai Lugansky, Piano - César Franck, Composer

© 2020 harmonia mundi ℗ 2020 harmonia mundi

6
Final. Allegro molto ed agitato
00:07:04

Nikolai Lugansky, Piano - César Franck, Composer

© 2020 harmonia mundi ℗ 2020 harmonia mundi

Prélude, Fugue et Variation, Op. 18 (César Franck)

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I. Andantino. II. Lento (Arr. pour piano)
00:04:16

Nikolai Lugansky, Piano - César Franck, Composer

© 2020 harmonia mundi ℗ 2020 harmonia mundi

8
III. Allegretto ma non troppo (Arr. pour piano)
00:03:14

Nikolai Lugansky, Piano - César Franck, Composer

© 2020 harmonia mundi ℗ 2020 harmonia mundi

9
IV. Andantino (Arr. pour piano)
00:03:47

Nikolai Lugansky, Piano - César Franck, Composer

© 2020 harmonia mundi ℗ 2020 harmonia mundi

Choral pour grand orgue n° 2 en si mineur, FWV 39 (César Franck)

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Choral pour grand orgue n° 2 en si mineur, FWV 39 (Arr. pour piano)
00:14:11

Nikolai Lugansky, Piano - César Franck, Composer

© 2020 harmonia mundi ℗ 2020 harmonia mundi

Album Description

After recording Rachmaninov's 24 Preludes and a recital dedicated to Claude Debussy for his new publisher harmonia mundi, pianist Nikolai Lugansky extends his repertoire even further with a monographic album dedicated solely to César Franck. The list of piano works by this organ-playing composer was not very extensive, so Lugansky chose to perform the Prelude, Fugue and Variation Op. 18, and theChorale No. 2 , on the piano, both in the same key.
Written specifically for the piano, the two triptychs Prélude, Choral et Fugue and Prélude, Aria et Final are inspired by both Bach and Liszt and had an obvious influence on later French music, particularly with Albéric Magnard (Symphony No. 3) and all the way up to Francis Poulenc (Concerto for organ ).
Nikolai Lugansky constructs these pieces like a builder, with unfailing solidity. He brings out the architecture and the projections with power and fullness, while looking for what he calls "a French sound, a beauty of sonority and refined sound without lourdeur". © François Hudry/Qobuz

Details of original recording : Recorded July 2019, Salle de Châtonneyre, Corseaux (Switzerland)

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