O. de Kort. Musical fireworks by Nikolai Lugansky and the Budapest Festival Orchestra (review; bachtrack.com)

D. Shostakovich, Music to the play Hamlet by Shakespeare, Op.32 – S. Prokofiev, Piano Concerto no. 2 in G minor, Op.16 – P. Tchaikovsky, Symphony no. 2 in C minor “Little Russian”, Op.17 – Budapest Festival Orchestra – Gábor Takács-Nagy, Conductor – Nikolai Lugansky, Piano – Müpa: Bela Bartók National Concert Hall, Budapest – 25 February 2016
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‘A concert with Russian music is easily programmed. Take a little bit of Tchaikovsky, add some Rachmaninov or Prokofiev and garnish it with Shostakovich. Shaken, not stirred and na zdorovie! – the success is guaranteed. Though the Budapest Festival Orchestra’s programme used all the traditional ingredients, it improved the recipe considerably with very special flavours: a seldom played suite, a dazzling virtuoso piano concerto and a relaxed symphony. A delicious daring cocktail, served by the pianist Nikolai Lugansky and the Budapest Festival Orchestra under the baton of Gábor Takács-Nagy. ‘…  Read the full review on Bachtrack.

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