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Debut - Music For Violin And Piano / Khachatryan, Et Al


Release Date: 03/04/2003 
Label:  Emi Classics Special Import Catalog #: 75684   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes BrahmsMaurice RavelErnest ChaussonFranz Waxman,   ... 
Performer:  Sergey KhachatryanLusine KhachatryanVladimir Khachatryan
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

This wide-ranging programme in EMI's Debut series is like a musical calling-card for Sergey Khachatryan (born in Armenia in 1985), who submits himself to daunting tests of virtuosity (triumphantly surmounted in Ravel and Waxman) and musicianship. And it's his musical abilities that make the biggest impact, along with his fine, rich, malleable tone.

In the Waxman it's the dark, fatalistic side of Carmen that predominates. The Brahms springs no interpretive surprises--the second and fourth movements are particularly successful, the Adagio splendidly expressive at a flowing tempo, the finale played with driving energy.

In Brahms and Ravel, Khachatryan is partnered by his sister (she, too, looks very young in the
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The Bach 'Chaconne' is impressive, too, for its polish and fine rhythmic control, but Khachatiyan does have something to learn about playing 18th-century music — in particular, to use the slurs to add light and shade to the phrasing, rather than ironing out the difference between slurred and separate notes. His father provides a very sensitive accompaniment in the Chausson. This is another beautiful performance, though ideally I'd have liked more tonal variety and sense of culmination as the Poenze progresses.

Sergey Khachatryan will, I'm sure, further extend his range and capabilities, but meanwhile it's a great pleasure to make the acquaintance of such a talented artist.

-- Duncan Druce, Gramophone [1/2003]
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Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 108 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Sergey Khachatryan (Violin), Lusine Khachatryan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886-1888; Austria 
2. Tzigane for Violin and Orchestra by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Lusine Khachatryan (Piano), Sergey Khachatryan (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; France 
3. Poème for Violin and Orchestra in E flat major, Op. 25 by Ernest Chausson
Performer:  Vladimir Khachatryan (Piano), Sergey Khachatryan (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; France 
4. Carmen Fantasy for Violin and Piano by Franz Waxman
Performer:  Vladimir Khachatryan (Piano), Sergey Khachatryan (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
5. Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: 5th movement, Chaconne by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sergey Khachatryan (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 

Sound Samples

Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor Op. 108: I. Allegro
Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor Op. 108: II. Adagio
Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor Op. 108: III. Un poco presto e con sentimento
Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor Op. 108: IV. Presto agitato
Ciaccona from Partita No.2 in D minor, BWV 1004 for violin solo
Tzigane, Rhapsodie de Concert
Poème Op. 25
Carmen Fantasie for Violin and Piano base on Themes from the Opera of Georges Bizet

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