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Prokofiev: Tchaikovsky: Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 3, Op 26 Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No 1, Op 23

Magazine article Gramophone

Prokofiev: Tchaikovsky: Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 3, Op 26 Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No 1, Op 23

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Prokofiev * Tchaikovsky Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 3, Op 26 (a) Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No 1, Op 23 (a). Dance of the Four Swans (transcr E Wild) Behzod Abduraimov pf (a) RAI National Symphony Orchestra / Juraj Valcuha Decca [F] 478 5360DH (64' * DDD)

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Behzod Abduraimov was an unknown 18-year-old when he won the 2009 London International Piano Competition with a sensational performance of Prokofiev's Third Piano Concerto. He has chosen the same work to open his debut concerto recording. This is a reading that does not set out to astonish or bludgeon but is more in keeping with the friendly, smiling portraits of the young soloist on the disc's booklet. Though there is no lack of spirit in this acutely observed interpretation, Prokofiev's lemony, brittle writing is given the milk-and-honey treatment with a velvet-cushioned tone. Listen, for instance, to the spiky brass declamations of the theme in Var 11 of the second movement, polite comments compared to Graffman and Szell's acidic snarls, while Var 3 benefits from a more virile attack in the hands of Gramophone Award-winners Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and Gianandrea Noseda. …

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