DVD0400. NIKOLAI LUGANSKY: Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Liszt & Janácek. (E.U.) Medici Arts Stereo 3078658, Live Performance, 28 July, 2008, Verbier Festival. - 899132000978
“…this fabulous piano recital makes the strongest case for the recording and distribution of actual concerts. I know that consistency is a hallmark of all great artists. I also know that occasions arise to take a performance to a higher level. Call it whatever you may, but we all have memories of special concerts that will always seem extraordinary. I believe that this recital is one such event. For it to be captured with recording studio audio quality and directed with obvious knowledge of an commitment to the music is our good fortune….[Lugansky] was declared by his teacher, Tatiana Nikolayeva, in her last interview, to be ‘The Next One” in a line of great Russian pianists. Over and over as I watched this, I kept agreeing with that statement.”
- James Harrington, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Nov./Dec., 2009
"Nikolai Lugansky, already a major artist, has been hailed by his former teacher Tatiana Nikolajeva as the 'next' in a line of great Russian pianists. He has been described as 'a pianistic phenomenon of exceptional class' by the Netherlands’ NRC Handelsblad and as 'riveting' and making his playing 'stand out' by London’s Daily Telegraph. He performs at the Verbier Festival, created by Martin Tilson Engstroem in 1994, rapidly acquired a reputation for artistic excellence and is now considered to be among the major European music festivals. During a fortnight each July, the greatest stars of the classical music world come together against the magical backdrop of the Swiss Alps. The Verbier Festival gives musicians the opportunity to perform original programmes with fellow musicians they admire, but with whom they may never have performed before."