Wednesday, March 21, 2012

REVIEW: Behzod Abduraimov Piano Recital

HK Academy of Performing Arts Concert Hall, Friday March 16

How do you market a 21-year old pianist who have won the 2009 London International Piano Competition? Well, the Premiere Performances of Hong Kong (PPHK) did their best... "Extraordinarily talented, he is an artist establishing an impressive reputation for electrifying audiences with his captivating performances. He has the major support of Vladimir Ashkenazy." I was particularly fascinated by that last sentence... not so sure what it meant...

Here's my review of Behzod Abduraimov's piano recital for TIME-OUT HONG KONG.

I was kindof glad that it was in the concert hall of the Academy rather at the Amphitheatre; and I do think that the more forgiving acoustics of the hall added so much to the experience. What was quite interesting was that Abduraimov was not a particularly big person, he even don't look his age; but the amount of technique he has mastered was awe-inspiring. The one thing that I felt a bit lacking was emotional depth though; and this was amplified by my attendance of Viktoria Postnikova's performance with HKPO the following night. The difference was substantial, but it should be though, the age difference was 47 years, also substantial!


Behzod Abduraimov
March 16 2012
Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts Concert Hall

Scarlatti: Sonata in B, K.27 in B minor
Scarlatti: Sonata, K.450 in G minor
Scarlatti: Sonata in D, K.96 in D Major
Beethoven: Sonata Op.10 No.3 in D Major
Brahms: Paganini Variations, Op.35 Book 1
---- Interval ----
Saint-Saens/Liszt/Horowitz: "Danse Macabre"
Liszt: Benediction de Dieu dans la Solitude (from Harmonies Poetiques et Religieuses, S.173)
Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No.1

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