Abrosimov’s lightning round

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Briskly efficient artistry might be the most apt description for how Russia’s Nikita Abrosimov approached his semifinal recital — his last time on the Cliburn Competition stage before Tuesday evening’s announcement of the finalists.

While some competitors take almost a minute between movements within a work, and some take 90 seconds between different pieces, Abrosimov took all of 13 seconds from the moment he sat at his bench before launching into his Scriabin work. He was a positive bolt of lightning, taking only 7 seconds before hitting the first notes of his recital’s final Three Dances of Petrouchka by Stravinsky.

“No, no rituals before I play,” said Abrosimov, who actually completed his entire recital with 10 minutes to spare. “Obviously if a piece has a sad mood, I wouldn’t just start right away but these pieces were not like that.” Abrosimov generally “felt quite good” after what was his final semifinal round appearance: “I did my best. I always save my best for the stage and now all I can do is rest.”

— Andrew Marton, Special to the Star-Telegram

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