Behzod Abduraimov: Shadows of My Ancestors - Prokofiev, Ravel, Saidaminova | Alpha ALPHA1028

Behzod Abduraimov: Shadows of My Ancestors - Prokofiev, Ravel, Saidaminova


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Label: Alpha

Cat No: ALPHA1028

Barcode: 3701624510285

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 12th January 2024

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Whereas Prokofiev was captivated by Romeo and Juliet, Ravel had shut himself away a quarter of a century earlier in Levallois Perret to compose Gaspard de la nuit, inspired by Aloysius Bertrand's collection of poems subtitled Fantaisies à la manière de Rembrandt et de Callot. In 1973, the Uzbek composer Dilorom Saidaminova paid tribute to Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and composed The Walls of Ancient Bukhara, which offers a sonic view of the historic centre of the Central Asian city founded four or five centuries before the common era. Her compatriot Behzod Abduraimov was keen to pay tribute to this little-known composer and record her music, which, like the other two works on this album, is evocative and colourful.



a stunning new album from Behzod Abduraimov, whose transcendent pianism brings vitality and colour to a diverse collection of works  (Recording of the Month)
Gramophone February 2024
It takes only a handful of bars into Romeo and Juliet’s opening ‘Folk Dance’ to recognise that we are listening to a pianist who simply transcends his instrument. Throughout this release, one consistently gets caught up in Abduraimov’s gorgeous and focused sonority, his rock-solid rhythm, his boundless portfolio of shadings and nuances, plus a specificity of articulation that conveys a sense of air between the notes and the utmost in characterisation.  Jed Distler (Recording of the Month)
Gramophone February 2024

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