Behzod Abduraimov

Pictures at an Exhibition

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Grand Auditorium Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Intermission (15 min.)

Since winning the London International Piano Competition in 2009, the Uzbek pianist Behzod Abduraimov has earned himself an outstanding place among the most prodigious musicians of his generation. Regarding his interpretation of Pictures at an Exhibition, by Mussorgsky, the magazine Crescendo wrote that “Behzod Abduraimov paints these canvases with the different elements of a fascinating fresco, with its timbres, colours, discipline and rhythmic impulses which bring an undeniable maturity to this masterly score”. In addition to his superb technique, Abduraimov also possesses an extreme sensitivity, as he brings new worlds to life in each interpretation.


Behzod Abduraimov Piano

Franz Liszt (1811 – 1856)
Bénédiction de Dieu dans la Solitude, S173/3

Sergei Rachmaninov (1873 – 1943)
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, op. 42
Theme: Andante
Variation 1: Poco più mosso
Variation 2: L’istesso tempo
Variation 3: Tempo di minuetto
Variation 4: Andante
Variation 5: Allegro, ma non tanto
Variation 6: L’istesso tempo
Variation 7: Vivace
Variation 8: Adagio misterioso
Variation 9: Un poco più mosso
Variation 10: Allegro scherzando
Variation 11: Allegro vivace
Variation 12: L’istesso tempo
Variation 13: Agitato
Variation 14: Andante, come prima
Variation 15: L’istesso tempo
Variation 16: Allegro vivace
Variation 17: Meno mosso
Variation 18: Allegro con brio
Variation 19: Più mosso – Agitato
Variation 20: Più mosso
Coda: Andante

Intermission (15 min.)

Florence Price (1887 – 1953)
Fantasie nègre no. 1, in E minor (1929)

Modest Mussorgsky (1839 – 1881)
Pictures at an Exhibition

I. The Gnome
II. The Old Castle
III. Tuileries (Dispute between children at play)
IV. Bydlo
V. Ballet of the unhatched chicks
VI. Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuÿle
VII. Limoges. The Market
VIII. Catacombae (Sepulchrum Romanum). Cum mortuis in lingua mortua
IX. The Hut on Fowl’s Legs (Baba-Yaga)
X. The Great Gate of Kiev

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