Prokofiev, Khachaturian – Piano Concertos

Nareh Arghamanyan, Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin

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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

 

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…

Tracklist

1.
Khachaturian Piano Concerto in D flat - I Allegro maestoso
15:34
2.
Khachaturian Piano Concerto in D flat - II Andante con anima
11:20
3.
Khachaturian Piano Concerto in D flat - III Allegro brilliante
09:53
4.
Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major Op. 26 - II Tema - Andante-Allegro
10:13
5.
Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major Op. 26 - II Tema - Andantino
09:48
6.
Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major Op. 26 - III Allegro ma non troppo
10:27

Total time: 01:07:15

Additional information

Label

SKU

PTC5186510

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Producer

Job Maarse

Recording Engineer

Jean Marie Geijsen, Roger de Schot

Recording location

Haus de Reundfunks, RBB Berlin

Recording Software

Merging

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Release Date April 3, 2015

Press reviews

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.

Gramophone

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 Wether self-consciously bubbly or dreamily withdrawn, Arghamanyan’s pointing of line is intensely individual, always super articulate and withouth percussiveness.

SA-CD Net 5 out of 5

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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