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BEHZOD ABDURAIMOV

Bach, Schumann, Rachmaninoff
Behzod Abduraimov plays Bach’s Adagio, Schumann's Kreisleriana and Rachmaninoff's Corelli Variations in a captivating showcase of his impeccable technique and sensitive interpretations.
Programme

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
Adagio in G major BWV 968

ROBERT SCHUMANN  
Kreisleriana Op. 16

SERGEI RACHMANINOFF
Variations on a theme of Corelli Op. 42

 

While the earliest surviving copy of the keyboard transcription of J. S. Bach’s solo violin Sonata No. 3 is in the hand of his son-in-law, Johann Christoph Altnickol, it could still be Bach’s own. Either way, it’s a fascinating and atmospheric filling in of the original’s implied rich harmonies. As for Robert Schumann’s technically demanding, emotionally wild and structurally unconventional eight-movement Kreisleriana, this is inspired by the passionate, unpredictable Kapellmeister created by E.T.A. Hoffmann for three of his novels; but life then mirrored art when real-life violin virtuoso Fritz Kreisler (1875–1962) came along! Rachmaninoff’s Variations on a Theme of Corelli meanwhile are based on the La Folia theme Corelli used for his Violin Sonata No. 12. Penned in 1931, they contain pre-echoes of his Paganini Variations of 1934.

Media
SCHUMANN Kreisleriana Op. 16 | Yuja Wang (Salle des Combins, 2016)
RACHMANINOFF Variations on a theme of Corelli Op. 42 | Alessio Bax (Église, 2006)