July 12, 1937 saw the official première of Aram Khachaturian’s hugely powerful Piano Concerto. The concert took place under the open sky in Sokolniki Park in central Moscow, featuring as soloist 29-year-old Lev Oborin, Soviet master-pianist and winner of the First Chopin Competition in 1927. However, a hastily assembled orchestra clumsily stormed its way through the extremely difficult score (written in D flat major); and the force of the wind blew conductor Lev Steinberg’s glasses right off his nose. After the concert, the 34-year-old composer was seen leaning against a birch tree in a corner of the park, tears pouring down his cheeks…
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Jean Marie Geijsen, Roger de Schot
Haus de Reundfunks, RBB Berlin
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|Release Date||April 4, 2015|
International Record Review – IRR Outstanding
Arghamanyan brings something new to this work, for there is care and detail and sensitivity here which I have not heard before and it is achieved without any loss of tempo. This performances are captured in immaculate SACD sound, with ideal balance between soloist and orchestra. Arghamanyan is one to watch, and I hope we hear more from this remarkable partnership.
Nareh Arghamanyan has come up with a refreshingly individual take on the piece, soft-grained, spacious and full of colouw. Wether self-consciously bubbly or dreamily withdrawn, Arghamanyan’s pointing of line is intensely individual, always super articulate and withouth percussiveness.
I can’t recall a recording that reveals so much subtle detail in Prokofiev’s orchestral writing and needless to say PENTATONE’s sound quality is beyond reproach. Those seeking this release for the Khachaturian Piano Concerto need not hesitate.
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