Russian violinist Vadim Repin teams up with pianist Nikolai Lugansky for their first studio recording together. Having collaborated for a number of years, they decided to program their first recording together just as one would encounter them in the concert hall. The three contrasting sonatas by Janáček, Grieg and Franck give the artists opportunities to explore a myriad of colors and array of emotions throughout the program. Deutsche Grammophon will release the album on February 1, 2011.
Repin and Lugansky, though frequent collaborators on stage, had never recorded together until this recital. During an unusually hot period of time in July 2010, the two artists worked with ferocious intensity to record these three sonatas. According to Repin: “Recording is a very tough thing. It’s great when the CD is finished, but the sessions are very hard work because you have to be at your best for every take, and at the end of the day you feel completely wrung out by emotional exhaustion. In a concert you have something you can never have in a studio: a live public. But in a recording you have something you can never have in a concert: a choice.”