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Prokofiev, Khachaturian: Piano Concertos / Arghamanyan, Altinoglu, Berlin Radio Symphony


Release Date: 11/11/2014 
Label:  Pentatone   Catalog #: 5186510   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Aram KhachaturianSergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Nareh Arghamanyan
Conductor:  Alain Altinoglu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mixed 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Arghamanyan is not the first Armenian to offer a more thoughtful approach to Khachaturian's music than the usual fireworks display. The result, though, is all the more striking in this, the first and fieriest of his concertos. Arghamanyan's characterful yet non-idiosyncratic reading may be enthusiastically endorsed. She captures that protean work's playful classicism and its mournful ruminative side.

– BBC Music Magazine

“Arghamanyan's playing is compulsive, emotional yet remarkably "complete" for such a young musician – sensitive, unaffected, genuine.” -- Jessica Duchen, The Independent [10/2011]

“Nareh Arghamanyan impressed with wonderfully sparkling articulation, imaginative dynamic
Read more shaping and a convincing dialogue between bass and melody. -- Thomas Schacher, Neue Zürcher Zeitung [10/2011]

“Arghamanyan’s utter confidence in her technique allowed the work to bloom fully, and it was unquestionably the most thrilling and fluid Islamey I’ve ever heard played live.”-- Ken Iisaka, San Francisco Classical Voice [3/2012]

“It’s encouraging to hear a young pianist who plays with a distinctive personality and technique to burn, handles soft lyrical passages, and has an intuitive feel for flexibility and rubato playing that suggest that Romantic piano playing may not yet be dead.” -- James C.S. Liu, Boston Musical Intelligencer [10/2012] Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano in D flat major by Aram Khachaturian
Performer:  Nareh Arghamanyan (Piano)
Conductor:  Alain Altinoglu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; USSR 
Date of Recording: 10/2013 
Venue:  Haus des Rundfunks, RBB Berlin 
Length: 36 Minutes 5 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 26 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Nareh Arghamanyan (Piano)
Conductor:  Alain Altinoglu
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917-1921; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/2013 
Venue:  Haus des Rundfunks, RBB Berlin 
Length: 30 Minutes 28 Secs. 

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