BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 12 in A-flat Major, Op. 26
BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57, "Appassionata"
CHOPIN Fantasia in F Minor, Op. 49
LISZT Benediction de Dieu dans la solitude, S. 173/3
SAINT-SAËNS/LISZT/HOROWITZ Danse Macabre Op.40
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"Behzod Abdu-who?" quipped National Public Radio last year. "Not for long." As rewarding as it is to bring you the world's most renowned musicians, there's special joy in introducing a little-known young artist poised to join the ranks of the all-time greats. Behzod Abduraimov, a 23-year-old native of Uzbekistan, is such a talent. "Rip-roaringly exciting" and "a gift from God" are among the breathless reviews he's elicited, as well as this from the International Record Review: "He has the neuro-motor responses of a jungle cat and the energy reserves of an Olympic athlete on peak form." After achieving a sensational victory in the 2009 London International Piano Competition, winning first prize with a thrilling performance of Prokofiev's Third Concerto, the young phenom toured with the Sydney Symphony under Vladimir Ashkenazy, a great pianist in his own right. Abduraimov's electrifying version of Saint-Saens's Dance Macabre is that of an artist possessed -- and sporting a rather sly grin.
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