Given the scarcity of César Franck’s piano music on recordings, Nikolai Lugansky’s focus on this composer is to be commended. On his third release for Harmonia Mundi, the Russian pianist reveals an organ master strongly attached to the musical forms inherited from J.S. Bach: the prelude, the fugue, and the chorale. Translated to the piano keyboard, Franck’s music, with its expansively conceived structures, requires a completely fresh approach that puts the greatest performers to the test. Lugansky took on an additional challenge by preparing his own transcription of Franck’s celebrated Choral pour grand orgue No. 2.