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The Return / Besalyan


Release Date: 03/31/2015 
Label:  Sono Luminus   Catalog #: 92187   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei RachmaninovArno BabadjanianArno Babadjanyan
Performer:  Raffi Besalyan
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Thoughts of home dominate much of the music Raffi Besalyan performs here. Rachmaninoff’s "B-Minor Prelude" was inspired by The Return, a painting by Arnold Böcklin, and although it was written before his emigration the work was a constant companion in his exile, a favorite for his own recitals and a reminder of his years in Russia. Similarly, the folk-inspired piano music of Arno Babajanian recalls a distant homeland. Based in Moscow for much of his adult life, Babajanian looked back to his native Armenia in music that mixed the folk idioms of his people with the virtuosic pianism of the Russian school. And now Besalyan, an Armenian pianist based in the United States, brings their music together in a program infused with warm Read more memories, evocations of far off places, and reminders of earlier times. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Raffi Besalyan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1931; USA 
2.
Preludes (13) for Piano, Op. 32: no 5 in G major, Moderato by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Raffi Besalyan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
3.
Preludes (13) for Piano, Op. 32: no 12 in G sharp minor, Allegro by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Raffi Besalyan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
4.
Preludes (13) for Piano, Op. 32: no 10 in B minor, Lento by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Raffi Besalyan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
5.
Preludes (10) for Piano, Op. 23: no 7 in C minor, Allegro by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Raffi Besalyan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1903; Russia 
6.
Preludes (10) for Piano, Op. 23: no 6 in E flat major, Andante by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Raffi Besalyan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1903; Russia 
7.
Preludes (10) for Piano, Op. 23: no 5 in G minor, Alla marcia by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Raffi Besalyan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Russia 
8.
Morceaux de fantaisies (5), Op. 3: no 2, Prélude in C sharp minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Raffi Besalyan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
9.
Etudes-tableaux (9) for Piano, Op. 39: no 6 in A minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Raffi Besalyan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1916-1917; Russia 
10.
Etudes-tableaux (9) for Piano, Op. 39: no 5 in E flat minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Raffi Besalyan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1916-1917; Russia 
11.
Etudes-tableaux (9) for Piano, Op. 39: no 1 in C minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Raffi Besalyan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1916-1917; Russia 
12.
Etudes-tableaux (9) for Piano, Op. 33: no 6 in E flat minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Raffi Besalyan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; Russia 
13.
Pieces (4) for Piano: Vagharshapati Dance by Arno Babadjanyan
Performer:  Raffi Besalyan (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; Armenia 
14.
Prélude by Arno Babadjanyan
Performer:  Raffi Besalyan (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
15.
Elègie by Arno Babadjanyan
Performer:  Raffi Besalyan (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Armenia 
16.
Melody and Humoresque: Melody by Arno Babadjanyan
Performer:  Raffi Besalyan (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Armenia 

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