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Two Souls: Khachaturian and Barber violin concertos / Mikhail Simonyan, violin

Album Summary

>Khachaturian, Aram : Concerto for Violin in D minor
>Barber, Samuel : Concerto for Violin, Op. 14
>Barber, Samuel : Adagio for Strings
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Notes & Reviews:

When Mikhail Simonyan arrived at the London Symphony Orchestra's home base, St. Luke's, on a beautiful spring day in2011, it marked both his first meeting with this orchestra and the start of his first concerto recording. With his friend Kristjan Järvi conducting, the young soloist, though working in great detail, seemed entirely happy and relaxed."I'm very excited about working with the LSO and such good friends in my recording debut," he enthused. This program of music by Aram Khachaturian and Samuel Barber, entitled Two Souls, is tailor-made for this exciting virtuoso: one soul is Armenian, the other American.

"Simonyan is a true virtuoso; his playing has a natural, unforced authority and, among other accomplishments, his clear, brilliant spiccato bowing is heard to great effect in the finales of both concertos...this is a performance [of the Barber] of notable power, Simonyan's confident presence - aided by strong support from Kristjan Järvi and the LSO - generating considerable intensity as the climactic moments approach...All in all, a most impressive debut." -Gramophone

"Simonyan's intention was to bring out the qualities that embody the cultural roots of each composer: thus, he commissioned a new cadenza for Khachaturian's concerto by Artur Avanesov, to emphasise the Armenian flavour, and treated the dashing final movement of Barber's concerto in a looser manner than usual, suggestive of rustic American fiddling." -The Independent

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Jerwood Hall, LSO - St. Lukes, London, England (05/30/2011-06/01/2011).



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>Khachaturian, Aram : Concerto for Violin in D minor
  • Performer: Mikhail Simonyan (Violin)
  • Conductor: Kristjan Järvi
  • Notes: Jerwood Hall, LSO - St. Lukes, London, England (05/30/2011-06/01/2011)
  • Running Time: 37 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1940

>Barber, Samuel : Concerto for Violin, Op. 14
  • Performer: Mikhail Simonyan (Violin)
  • Conductor: Kristjan Järvi
  • Notes: Jerwood Hall, LSO - St. Lukes, London, England (05/30/2011-06/01/2011)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1939

>Barber, Samuel : Adagio for Strings
  • Performer: Mikhail Simonyan (Violin)
  • Notes: Jerwood Hall, LSO - St. Lukes, London, England (05/30/2011-06/01/2011)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936