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Arno Babadjanian (1921-1983): Complete Original Works for Solo Piano / Hayk Melikyan

Album Summary

>Babadjanyan, Arno : Polyphonic Sonata (Polifonischeskaya sonata), for piano
>Babadjanyan, Arno : Pictures (6) (Shest' Kartin), for piano
>Babadjanyan, Arno : Melody and Humoresque
>Babadjanyan, Arno : Elegy, for piano
>Babadjanyan, Arno : Reflection, for piano
>Babadjanyan, Arno : Prélude
>Babadjanyan, Arno : Vagarshapat Dance, for piano
>Babadjanyan, Arno : Impromptu for piano in B minor ("Exprompt")
>Babadjanyan, Arno : Capriccio, for piano
>Babadjanyan, Arno : Poem, for piano
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Notes & Reviews:

One of the former Soviet Union's leading composers and a member of the so-called Armenian 'Mighty Handful', Arno Babadjanian was admired by musicians of the stature of Shostakovich, Khachaturian, Rostropovich and David Oistrakh. He was also an outstanding pianist and a very considerable virtuoso. Babadjanian's music explores his native Armenian folk tradition as well as elements of jazz and twelve-tone techniques.

American Record Guide, July/August 2014
A smattering of smaller pieces fills out the remainder of the program - the earliest: an Impromptu from 1936; the latest: the Elegy, 1978, written on the death of Aram Khachaturian. Melikyan's performances are very good; the notes, by the pianist are helpful.

MusicWeb International
...a valuable reminder of the breadth of invention borne of Soviet satellite state composers and of Babajanian in particular...Here is more extremely good and fulfilling work done by Grand Piano with a well documented and recorded recital played to the manner born by Hayk Melikyan.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: VEM Studio, Yerevan, Armenia.



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Works Details

>Babadjanyan, Arno : Polyphonic Sonata (Polifonischeskaya sonata), for piano
  • Performer: Hayk Melikyan (Piano)
  • Notes: VEM Studio, Yerevan, Armenia (05/02/2012-05/07/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1947

>Babadjanyan, Arno : Pictures (6) (Shest' Kartin), for piano
  • Performer: Hayk Melikyan (Piano)
  • Notes: VEM Studio, Yerevan, Armenia (11/10/2010-11/11/2010)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1965

>Babadjanyan, Arno : Melody and Humoresque
  • Performer: Hayk Melikyan (Piano)
  • Notes: VEM Studio, Yerevan, Armenia (09/28/2012-10/05/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Babadjanyan, Arno : Elegy, for piano
  • Performer: Hayk Melikyan (Piano)
  • Notes: VEM Studio, Yerevan, Armenia (09/28/2012-10/05/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1978

>Babadjanyan, Arno : Reflection, for piano
  • Performer: Hayk Melikyan (Piano)
  • Notes: VEM Studio, Yerevan, Armenia (01/22/2011-01/23/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1973

>Babadjanyan, Arno : Prélude
  • Performer: Hayk Melikyan (Piano)
  • Notes: VEM Studio, Yerevan, Armenia (05/02/2012-05/07/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Babadjanyan, Arno : Vagarshapat Dance, for piano
  • Performer: Hayk Melikyan (Piano)
  • Notes: VEM Studio, Yerevan, Armenia (05/02/2012-05/07/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1944

>Babadjanyan, Arno : Impromptu for piano in B minor ("Exprompt")
  • Performer: Hayk Melikyan (Piano)
  • Notes: VEM Studio, Yerevan, Armenia (05/02/2012-05/07/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1944

>Babadjanyan, Arno : Capriccio, for piano
  • Performer: Hayk Melikyan (Piano)
  • Notes: VEM Studio, Yerevan, Armenia (05/02/2012-05/07/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Babadjanyan, Arno : Poem, for piano
  • Performer: Hayk Melikyan (Piano)
  • Notes: VEM Studio, Yerevan, Armenia (01/22/2011-01/23/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary