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Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3; Khachaturian: Piano Concerto in D flat / Nareh Arghamanyan, piano; Berlin RSO, Altinoglu

Album Summary

>Khachaturian, Aram : Concerto for Piano in D flat major
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 26
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

BBC Music Magazine, March 2015
Arghamanyan is not the first Armenian to offer a more thoughtful approach to Khachaturian's music than the usual fireworks display. The result, though, is all the more stiorking in this, the first and fieriest of his concertos...Arghamanyan's characterful yet non-idiosyncratic reading may be enthusiastically endorsed. She captures that protean work's playful classicism and its mournful ruminative side.

Nareh Arghamanyan is not only one of the most technically resourceful pianists of today’s generation, but her interpretations, her rich, colorful tone, combined with an exceptional storytelling gift also enable her to present something remarkably unique and precious. Sergei Prokofiev’s intricate, complex Piano Concerto No. 3 is a work that calls for the utmost virtuosity, traits equal to the level of gregariousness necessary for a successful traversal of Aram Khachaturian’s concerto, with its spicy harmonies and colorful orchestration. This Pentatone release finds the pianist in the company of Berlin Radio Symphony, conducted by Alain Altinoglu.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
Boy, am I happy to see this! I had the good fortune to hear this young Armenian pianist perform the Khachaturian back in September with the Des Moines Symphony. Miss Arghamanyan's interpretation was exceptionally expressive - beyond a doubt, one of the best I've ever heard. Even better, Arghamanyan made the slow movement the expressive heart of the piece. I'd always kind of thought of it as a mere interlude where everybody catches their breath before dashing into the finale. The frosting on this cake is exceptionally good high-definition SACD sound. Like all SACDs nowadays, it's a hybrid, so it sounds great on standard CD players, too. Pentatone's sound is full and balanced and rich - a fine complement to the performance. It brings out the subtle details of Khachaturian's score. And it's very well engineered: I could crank the volume quite high without suffering digital audio listening fatigue. Kapell's interpretation is - well, the benchmark. It's more restless, feverish, probing than Miss Arghamanyan's. Her approach is more lyrical, with a long, singing line that one rarely associates with pianists. Each one finds a depth in the music that most pianists zip right over. The Berlin Radio Symphony plays well, and Mr Altinoglu seems to give his soloist sympathetic support. I'd pay whatever Pentatone is asking for the Khachaturian alone, but there's a nice bonus in the form of a superb performance of the Prokofieff concerto.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Haus des Rundfunks, RBB Berlin (10/2013).



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>Khachaturian, Aram : Concerto for Piano in D flat major
  • Performer: Nareh Arghamanyan (Piano)
  • Conductor: Alain Altinoglu
  • Ensemble: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 36 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1936

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 26
  • Performer: Nareh Arghamanyan (Piano)
  • Conductor: Alain Altinoglu
  • Ensemble: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 30 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1917-1921