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Uzbeki pianist Behzod Abduraimov has been much-lauded since he won the London International Piano Competition in 2009; IP writer Michael Church has even hinted that the 21-year-old might be a ‘new Horowitz’. This disc, his first for Decca, comprises dark and explosive repertoire, filled with dramatic narratives that Abduraimov eagerly immerses himself in. His Danse Macabre sends chills down the spine, and the Mephisto Waltz is utterly engaging, presented with rock-solid technique. Similarly, Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No 6 and Liszt’s Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude reveal Abduraimov’s intellectual curiosity and an artistry that can only blossom.

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