The soloist who played the wrong piano

When  Behzod Abduraimov turned up at Radio France last week to rehearse the third Prokofiev concerto, he found the piano inadequate – flat, colourless, no dynamic contrast. They promised him a replacement.

He came onto the concert stage, sat at the piano, put his hands on the keyboards and pressed down.

The same flat old piano.

What do do?

Behzod played on, signalling to the conductor, Vasily Petrenko, to tamp down the orchestra so that he could make himself heard.

Interesting review here by Bertrand Boissard (en francais).


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  • Does this have anything to do with Russian music, and is it ism or ist after “PETER?”

    And is the a.. AH: room for it?

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