Арсений Безносиков: in the world beyond the boundaries of the Cyrillic alphabet we'll probably see Arseniy Beznosikov and we will see him with cello in hand. This young Russian musician, born in 1991, plays one of the most accomplished versions of Le grand tango that I have heard. While it is not quite at the obsessive level (yet), my collection of performances of Le grand tango grows steadily and Beznosikov's version is among the very best. He plays with the exuberance of Yo-Yo Ma and the intonation and rhythmic certainty of Rostropovich. Success as a concert professional in music is difficult to predict since it depends on equal measures of talent, charisma and luck but if he gains just a little bit of the latter, I think that Beznosikov has a chance of becoming one of the leading cellists of the 21st century.
According to Carlos Prieto's book, The Adventures of a Cello, Le grand tango was commissioned specifically for Mstislav Rostropovich by Efraín Paesky in 1982 but it was Prieto, not Rostropovich who premiered the work in the Americas. The work is full of rhythmic challenge and uses intervals not frequently visited on the cello fingerboard which makes it a difficult but rewarding concert piece.
I believe that the video comes from the 2008, "New Names" competition at which Beznosikov was named a winning soloist from some 100 contestants from around the world. This is just one of many such awards that Beznosikov will collect on his way to world's concert stages.
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[Note added 3 June, 2010: This blog posting has been edited to remove comments unrelated to the performance of Beznosikov. Hopefully this video will be reposted at a later date]
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