Notes & Reviews:
Despite the popularity of Aram Khachaturian's ubiquitous ballet music, his works for piano have been relatively neglected. This release, featuring two World Premiere Recordings, combines arrangements of popular pieces such as Masquerade - Suite (Arr. A. Dolukhanian) with less familiar works such as the composer's early Poem and the abstract Piano Sonata. The Armenian pianist Karine Poghosyan has won numerous awards as well as performed in some of the world's most prestigious concert halls. At the Manhattan School of Music she completed her D.m.A. in a record-breaking two years with a thesis on Aram Khachaturian's works for piano.
American Record Guide, July/August 2015
This is a decent release. The Toccata is ear-catching and brief, and it has some strangely Glass-like harmonies in its presciently minimalist middle section. The 2 Pieces are tiny and exotic, and actually have some of the most interesting themes of anything on the program. The Adagio from Spartacus and the Masquerade transcriptions leave a lot to be desired; they simply need the orchestra's lushness, especially the Adagio. Khachaturian is fine, and his program offers more substantial music. Poghosyan is best in the Poem, her performance both taut and fragrant.
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Organ History - Italian Operatic Transcription / Sacchetti
In Good Company: 20th Century Works for Tuba / Rubén Durá de Lamo, tuba; Ensemble Schwerpunkt, Yuval Wolfson, Trombone Unit Hannover et al.
Turina: El castillo de Almodovar; Rincones de Sanlucar; Tocata y fuga; Partita; Preludios; Pieza romantica / Jordi Masó, piano
Nico Muhly: Cello Concerto; Ernest Bloch: Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra, et al. / Zuill Bailey, cello; Indianopolis SO; Märkl
Adolfo Fumagalli (1828-56): Piano Music, Vol. 1 / Adalberto Maria Riva, piano
Piano music of Liszt 'The Art of Remembering' / Olivia Sham, piano
Bassoon Trios by Beethoven, Francois Devienne, Gaetano Donizetti, Pietro Morlacchi / Piero Barbareschi, piano; Mario Carbotta, flute; Massimo Data, bassoon
Mischa Levitzki (1898-1941): Complete Works for Piano Solo / Margarita Glebov, piano
Ignaz Friedman (1882-1948): Original Piano Compositions / Joseph Banowetz, piano