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Boris Bekhterev

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Boris Bekhterev reviews / press

CD Classica
By Riccardo Risaliti
Boris Bekhterev plays with a refined and highly lyrical naturalness, far removed from the artificial rhetoric of certain illustrious Russian pianists. In him a calm and consoling awareness prevails. A lesson for many young pianists with their coarse and aggressive ways.

The Classic Voice
By Luca Chierici about the CD Tchaikovsky and Skriabin Sonatas
Bekhterev is a great artist who perfectly follows the composer in his triumphal vision with expertise and almost complicity with respect to the heroic world and contributes to making this record unique.

American Record Guide
By John Bell Young
Mr. Bekhterev commands a no-holds-barred, larger-than-life technique capable of tossing off the most hair-raising difficulties with nonchalance. But when wed to a vivid imagination and a poetic sensibility, technique becomes invisible as the music comes to life Here is a thoroughly mature artist, emotionally connected to himself and the music. He has made himself at home in a pianistic tessitura where melismatic filigree spins out effortlessly, where huge blocks of sound blow across the musical terrain with translucence.

By John Bell Young, about the CD Eclatant, Lumineux
Judging from the magnificent, thoroughly informed and deliciously idiomatic performances recorded here, Mr. Bekhterev emerges as one of the greatest Scriabin interpreters of all.

Stuart Scott
Composer, Music Lecturer and Writer About the CD Eclatant, Lumineux
The CD is very well produced and the listener is involved in your own concentration throughout. For me your playing has all the necessary Skryabin requirements ie.clear voices in all parts, excellent use of the pedal and some very thoughtful rubato. You have produced interpretations which convey Skryabin's unique sound world as I imagine it to be. I am familiar with many interpretations of Skryabin's music including Sofronitsky, Neuhaus, Richter, Horowitz, Kastelsky and others but rarely have I heard such satisfactory performances of the 2 Poems Op.69, Poème-Nocturne and Vers la flamme. You have done Skryabin a great service and must have gained much admiration for your playing through this recording. I am truly grateful to you for sending me this CD which I now treasure and will listen to many times over in the future.

Gennady M. Tzipin
Russian Music Critic
I was really delighted by listening to your CD of Medtner. Your performance revealed me many different beauties of this music of which, maybe, I was not aware before. You play Medtner, as well as Rachmaninov and Skriabin, in a very Russian way with the right soul warmth, sincerity and virtuoso outburst which are really needed for this music.

Gennady M. Tzipin
Russian Music Critic
As usual it was a great pleasure for me to get to know your new work. I think it is not exaggerated to say that, as far as the interpretation of Russian composers as Skriabin, Rachmaninov and Medtner, there are not many performers, nowadays, that can be regarded as your artistic competitors.

New York Post - USA
By Robert Kimball
The pianist Boris Bekhterev - superbly gifted.

The New York Times - USA
By John Rockwell
The program has been accompanied with precisely complementary pianism of Boris Bekhterev

Sovetskoe Iskusstvo - Russia
By A. Nikolaeva
Boris Bekhterev's performances reveal something that no longer exists - the elements of music-making. It appears that his natural relationship with music, the unique organic means by which he conveys its message (one feels as if the musician were playing "his own" music) gives his interpretation a special influence which the audience finds particularly appealing. His care and delicacy arise from his relationship with the music.
Clarity and simplicity in Boris Bekhterev's performances are not intentional simplifications, but the result of his ability to perceive a truth, which generates ethical thoughts.
... A fascination for the truth, this is the definition of the feeling that arises from his interpretation of Mozart, Schumann and, of course, Chopin, the composer with whom the pianist identifies more closely.

Il Resto del Carlino - Italy
By Federico Gerberoglio
His exceptional "verve", his proven instrumental ability, his temperament literally galvanized the large number of people present in the Church of Pomposa - the same people who, at the end of the concert, stood up to pay their well-deserved respects to this artist who rewarded them with three encores.

La Nuova Ferrara - Italy
By A. Tromboni
The melodious lines and harmonious interlacements which Boris Bekhterev is able to create astonish us for the constant balance with which he can unwind chords which border on dramatic register and medium-high scale without any dynamic lack of balance, without any tone-colour disharmony.
At the end of the concert, Boris Bekhterev gave three encores for the audience, who rose to applaud him with enthusiasm and showered him with calls of "bravo". We have witnessed enough musical performances to be able to say that such enthusiasm on the part of the public for a solo piano concert is a rare occurrence indeed.

Der Tagsspiegel - Germany
By Walter Kempfer
Amongst the Russian musicians we have heard on Berlin's stages in recent years, Boris Bekhterev is truly fascinating. His appearance in public, noble, almost aristocratic, is harmonious with his obvious desire to avoid all forms of exhibitionism.
... In the same adagio (Beethoven's D minor Sonata op. 31 no. 2) he clearly revealed his mastery, attaining a spiritual intensity and expression of fervent lyrical feelings which enchanted the audience.
Two precious mazurkas from op. 63 and a great polonaise in F sharp left one feeling that one had witnessed an authentic interpretation of Chopin's music.