Maggio Musicale Fiorentino_Cristian Mandeal_Palace Hall_14.09

Palace Grand Hall
Series "Great Orchestras"
Schubert - Overture in Italian style in C Major
Beethoven - Concerto no. 4 for piano and orchestra in G Major op. 58
Strauss – "Also sprach Zarathustra" op. 30
......They played also one night before, but I chose Manon Lescaut at the National Opera House. I heard different opinions, from "good" to "not again". But I still went on the second night. I was not very impressed, sorry. Maybe I had big expectations as the name of the orchestra is connected to Zubin Mehta. If the first part was fine thanks to the pianist, Nikolai Lugansky, the second part had some big minuses, as far as I could hear. The beginning was uncertain, not too many variations during the rest of the piece, some problems in the brass section...
......They didn't seem to have that willing for playing as the orchestras had. They seemed sad. There were applauses in the end, but not all the time this means everything was ok. Here we don't boo. I think it's in our nature to make people feel welcomed. From my point of view, this was not their best night.
......Nikolai Lugansky was born in Moscow in 1972 into a family of scientists. He began studying the piano at the age of five, and shortly afterwards was enrolled in the class of Tatiana Kestner at the Moscow Central Music School. During his fifth year at the school, Lugansky became a pupil of Tatiana Nikolaeva, with whom he was to work closely for nine years. In her last interview, Nikolaeva declared that Lugansky would be “The Next One” in a line of great Russian pianists. Lugansky completed his studies at the Moscow Conservatory with another renowned pianist and teacher, Sergei Dorensky.
......In 1988, Lugansky won first prize at the All-Union Competition for Young Musicians in Tbilisi and second prize at the International Bach Competition in Leipzig. He went on to win prizes at the 1990 Rachmaninov Competition in Moscow, the 1992 International Summer Academy “Mozarteum” in Salzburg and the 1994 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.
......Lugansky’s glittering career has taken him to many of the world’s great concert venues. His repertoire includes over 40 concertos and a diverse range of solo and chamber works. He has collaborated with such distinguished conductors as Paavo Berglund, Riccardo Chailly, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Valery Gergiev, Yoel Levi, Sir Charles Mackerras, Kent Nagano, Michel Plasson, Mikhail Pletnev, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Leonard Slatkin, Yuri Temirkanov and Edo de Waart.
......Highlights of recent seasons include Lugansky’s appearances with l’Orchestre de Paris under Christoph Eschenbach, the Dresden Philharmonic under Marek Janowski and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra under Neeme Järvi. In June 2001, at the Grieghalle in Bergen, Norway, Lugansky collaborated with Simone Young and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor, the centerpiece of the closing concert of the Bergen International Piano Festival. In September of that year, he performed with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Mikhail Pletnev at the opening concert of the London season. At the 2002 Edinburgh Festival, he played Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio under Vladimir Fedoseyev. This year, Lugansky performed Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, opening the 2003-2004 season of l’Orchestre National de France, in a concert conducted by Kurt Masur and broadcast live on radio stations in France, Belgium, Switzerland and Canada.
Nikolay Lugansky and Cristian Mandeal

Cristian Mandeal

As encore they performed Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni.
Orquesta del Teatro Comunale di Bologna conducted by Riccardo Muti - 1996

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