Nikolai Lugansky with Marek Janowski and the Berlin Radio Symphony – In Concert from Paris – March 13, 2011 – Radio France Musique –
An evening of straightforward music-making this week by way of the Berlin Radio Symphony, led by Merek Janowski and featuring Nikolai Lugansky for the Piano Concerto Number 4 by Rachmaninov. It was all recorded live at the Salle Pleyel in Paris on March 13, 2011 and broadcast by Radio France Musique.
Starting off the the Variations on a Theme of Paganini by Boris Blacher. Followed by the Rachmaninov and ending the regular portion of the concert with the Symphony Number 3 “Eroica” by Beethoven. There is an encore and Janowski with the band delight the audience with music from Rosamunde.
All told, a good, solid, no-frills, no-thrills evening.
From Lugansky’s website:
In 2013, Nikolay Lugansky was awarded the title of the “Honored artist of the Russian Federation”as soloist of the Moscow Philharmonic and honored member the Russian Academy of arts there are many brilliant artistic achievements. They include collaboration with the best symphonic orchestras of Russia, France, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, and the USA and of many other countries under the direction of well-known conductors as Evgeny Svetlanov, Yuri Temirkanov, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Mikhail Pletnev, Vladimir Spivakov, Vladimir Jurowski, Yuri Simonov, Alexander Vedernikov, Kirill Petrenko, Kurt Masur, Charles Dutoit, Leonard Slatkin, Kent Nagano, Marik Janowski, Gianandrea Noseda and Sakari Oramo. Besides Lugansky`s partners in chamber performances were pianists Vadim Rudenko, Yuja Wang, violinists Vadim Repin, Leonidas Kavakos, Isabelle Faust, Sergey Krylov, cellists Aleksander Knyazev, Aleksander Rudin, Misha Maisky, clarinetist Evgeny Petrov and soprano Anna Netrebko.
Marek Janowski was chief conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic from 2001 to 2003. In September 2018, the Dresden Philharmonic announced the re-appointment of Janowski as its chief conductor, effective with the 2019–2020 season, with an initial contract of 3 seasons. In November 2020, the orchestra announced the extension of Janowski’s contract as chief conductor by one season, through the summer of 2023.
From 2002 through 2016, Janowski was chief conductor of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, initially with a contract for life with the orchestra at the time. In the 2005/06 season, Janowski began his tenure as Artistic and Music Director of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (OSR), with an initial contract of five years. In September 2008, his contract with the OSR was extended to 2015. However, in January 2010, in a change to the September 2008 contract extension, Janowski and the OSR mutually agreed on the scheduled conclusion of his directorship of the OSR after the 2011–2012 season.
The Berlin Radio Symphony was founded in 1923 as a radio orchestra, and is the oldest active radio orchestra in Germany. Bruno Seidler-Winkler was the first chief conductor, from 1926 to 1932. During its early years, the orchestra had a reputation for its work with contemporary, 20th-century composers. Composers who guest-conducted the orchestra included Paul Hindemith, Arthur Honegger, Darius Milhaud, Sergei Prokofiev, Richard Strauss, Arnold Schoenberg and Igor Stravinsky, as well as Krzysztof Penderecki, Walter Schartner and Udo Zimmermann. After the 1949 division of Germany, the orchestra was under the supervision of Rundfunk der DDR (DDR Radio).
Enjoy the concert.
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