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About the Concert
FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE ①
Thu Jun 20, 2019 8pm | Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall
Markus Stenz, conductor
Behzod Abduraimov, piano
Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto No. 1 in B♭ minor, Op. 23
------------ Intermission 15 mins ---------------
Rachmaninoff, The Isle of Death, Op. 29
Scriabin, Symphony No. 4 in C major, Op. 54, ‘Le Poeme de l'extase (Poem of Ecstasy)’
Total Duration: around 100 mins(incl. intermission)
Four horns throw down the challenge: and as the orchestra launches into a melody you’ll never forget, the grand piano matches it note for note. From then on, the gloves are off: there’s no more stirring contest between piano and orchestra than Tchaikovsky’s epic First Piano Concerto, and with the sensational Behzod Abduraimov – described by one critic as “the most perfectly accomplished pianist of his generation” – at the keyboard, it’s a far from unequal battle. Markus Stenz follows it with two more Russian composers exploring the outer reaches of the human soul: Rachmaninoff’s hauntingly beautiful The Isle of the Dead and Scriabin’s psychedelic Poem of Ecstasy – music that ravishes the senses even while it raises the roof.
His previous positions have included General Music Director of the City of Cologne and Gürzenich-Kapellmeister (posts he relinquished in the summer of 2014), Principal Guest Conductor of the Hallé Orchestra (2010-2014), Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (1998-2004), Principal Conduc...
“Abduraimov can do anything. His secret: authenticity, control and a velvet pianissimo.” (NRC Handelsblad). Behzod Abduraimov’s performances combine an immense depth of musicality with phenomenal technique and breath-taking delicacy. He works with leading orchestras worldwide including the Los Angeles Philharmon...