The Russian pianist Behzod Abduraimov will return to the Lied Center, where he delighted audiences with his performance with the Mariinsky Orchestra in 2018.


Evgeny Eutykhov, courtesy photo

Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures in an Exhibition” is a challenging showcase for virtuoso pianists. Its numerous parts require a wide range of technical skills, and its familiarity requires creativity and emotion to highlight.

That is exactly what Bezhod Abduraimov gave on Sunday afternoon at the Lied Center for Performing Arts, a brilliant performance that showed why the 30-year-old is considered one of the greatest young pianists in the world.

Abduraimov’s hands picked up the 10 miniature segments of “Pictures” and were blurry as they flew across the keyboard in fast, dramatic passages. Then his fingers caressed the keys and pulled individual notes from the wonderful sounding piano of the song.

The lively ballet of the “Chicks in their Clams” brought the dance to his fingers, and the concluding “The Great Gates of Kiev” had a weight that was reminiscent of the theme, and much of what Abduraimov “This Russian spirit” called ”in an interview with Journal Star last week.

The performance was perfectly nuanced. Abduraimov created moods and colors without overplaying and made the piece even fresher and more exciting than on his recently released recording – a testament to the power and primacy of live performances.

The Uzbek pianist Behzod Abduraimov returns to the Lied Center on Sunday

Abduraimov opened the 70-minute concert with Beethoven’s “Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2 ”, popularly known as the“ Moonlight Sonata ”. His treatment of this well-known piece was carried by heavy bass to a dramatic, powerful end of his last movement.