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David Gutman
Gramophone, June 2018

Orchestral Music - RAVEL, M. / STRAUSS, R. / BERLIOZ, H. (Abduraimov, Munich Philharmonic, Gergiev) (BBC Proms, 2016) (NTSC) 2.110572
Orchestral Music - RAVEL, M. / STRAUSS, R. / BERLIOZ, H. (Abduraimov, Munich Philharmonic, Gergiev) (BBC Proms, 2016) (Blu-ray, HD) NBD0073V

Behzod Abduraimov’s ‘Rach Three’ is more surprising. We’re used to Gergiev partnering barnstorming Russians like Denis Matsuev in this repertoire but Abduraimov (Uzbek-born, American-based) adds a singing tenderness and a subtler, more varied tonal palette. © 2018 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Kevin Filipski
The Flip Side, March 2018

The highlight of this 2016 Royal Albert Hall concert in London—with Russian vet Valery Gergiev conducting the Munich Philharmonic—is the scintillating performance of Sergey Rachmaninov’s fiendishly difficult Piano Concerto No. 3 by Uzbekistan soloist Behzod Abduraimov, who turns this crowd-pleaser into an emphatic personal statement. And alongside pleasant works by familiar names—Ravel, Strauss, Berlioz—is an eye-opener, the Third Symphony by Russian composer Galina Ustvolskaya, subtitled “Jesus Messiah, Save Us!” and filled with profound spirituality. Hi-def video and audio are splendid. © 2018 The Flip Side





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