Notes & Reviews:
Two concertos from one of the most celebrated composers of the twentieth century, Aram Khachaturian. Best known for his orchestral suites, ballets, and symphonies, these are Khachaturian's sole concerti for violin and piano, and they are delivered with brilliance by renowned pianist Annette Servadei (accompanied by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Joseph Giunta) and stellar Soviet violinist Boris Gutnikov (with Konstantin Ivanov directing the USSR Large Symphony Orchestra). A wonderful album at a budget price.
Annette Servadei 'is nimble-fingered, clearly reveling in the showy passage-work of the first movement (and sparkling in its final cadenza), but takes a more expansive view of the work than usual.'
Gutnikov's reading of the Violin Concerto is worthy to stand alongside the Oistrakhs and Kogans. Servadei delivers a most poetic & reflective performance.
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