Aug. 8, 2019

Nikolay Lugansky at the Aspen Music Festival

On August, 4 Nikolay Lugansky started a series of concerts at the Aspen Music Festival. The pianist shared the stage of the nearly full Benedict Music Tent with the Festival Orchestra under James Gaffigan.

The concert programme embraced the Aeriality piece by modern Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Sergei Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and the Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky.

Lugansky’s touch was, at the same time, lyrical and crisply dramatic, dripping with urgency, responding to each turn of the music with new tone and fresh colors. Conductor James Gaffigan matched the pianist in zeal, getting animated playing from the orchestra without getting in Lugansky’s way”, mentioned Harvey Steiman, Special to The Aspen Times. Read more about the performance on the newspapaer’s site.

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