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The Return:' Raffi Besalyan performs works of Rachmaninoff & Arno Babajanian / Raffi Besalyan, piano

Album Summary

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Prelude for piano no 1 in C sharp minor ("The Bells of Moscow"), Op. 3/2
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Prelude for piano no 6 in G minor, Op. 23/5
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Prelude for piano no 7 in E flat major, Op. 23/6
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Prelude for piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 23/7
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Prelude for piano no 16 in G major, Op. 32/5
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Prelude for piano no 21 in B minor, Op. 32/10
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Prelude for piano no 23 in G sharp minor, Op. 32/12
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 33
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 39
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Variations on a Theme of Corelli, for piano, Op. 42
>Babadjanyan, Arno : Prélude
>Babadjanyan, Arno : Melody & Humoresque
>Babadjanyan, Arno : Elegy, for piano
>Babadjanyan, Arno : Vagarshapat Dance, for piano
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Thoughts of home dominate much of the music Raffi Besalyan performs here. Rachmaninoff's "B-Minor Prelude", inspired by Arnold Bocklin's painting 'The Return', was a constant companion in his exile, a favorite for his own recitals and a reminder of his years in Russia. Based in Moscow for much of his adult life, Arno Babajanian (1921-83) looked back to his native Armenia in music that mixed Rachmaninov and Chopinesque influences and Aremenian folk idioms with the virtuosic pianism of the Russian school. Mr. Besalyan, an Armenian pianist based in the US, brings their music together in a program infused with warm memories, evocations of far off places, and reminders of earlier times. Raffi Besalyan made his formal New York debut in Carnegie Hall after winning the Artists Int'l Competition. He has established an international reputation as a magnetic and passionate recitalist, orchestral soloist, and chamber musician. "A keyboard phenomenon that needs to be heard by everyone interested in pianists and the piano." - Fanfare Magazine "A formidable pianist with a commanding presence and rich interpretive gifts." - American Record Guide

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
With fabulous sound and perceptive notes, I wish I could report that the performances were consistently up to the same lofty standards. The Preludes are consistently good. There are many stronger recordings of all this music, headed by Horowitz and Ashkenazy. That leaves the Babajanian pieces as the only reason to get this recording. Thoroughly enjoyable - and probably not available elsewhere.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (04/29/2014-05/01/2014).



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Works Details

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Prelude for piano no 1 in C sharp minor ("The Bells of Moscow"), Op. 3/2
  • Performer: Raffi Besalyan (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (04/29/2014-05/01/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Prelude for piano no 6 in G minor, Op. 23/5
  • Performer: Raffi Besalyan (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (04/29/2014-05/01/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1901

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Prelude for piano no 7 in E flat major, Op. 23/6
  • Performer: Raffi Besalyan (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (04/29/2014-05/01/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1903

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Prelude for piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 23/7
  • Performer: Raffi Besalyan (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (04/29/2014-05/01/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1903

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Prelude for piano no 16 in G major, Op. 32/5
  • Performer: Raffi Besalyan (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (04/29/2014-05/01/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Prelude for piano no 21 in B minor, Op. 32/10
  • Performer: Raffi Besalyan (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (04/29/2014-05/01/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Prelude for piano no 23 in G sharp minor, Op. 32/12
  • Performer: Raffi Besalyan (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (04/29/2014-05/01/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 33 :: no 6 in E flat minor. Non allegro
  • Performer: Raffi Besalyan (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (04/29/2014-05/01/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1911

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 39 :: no 1 in C minor. Allegro agitato
  • Performer: Raffi Besalyan (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (04/29/2014-05/01/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1916-1917

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 39 :: no 5 in E flat minor. Appassionato
  • Performer: Raffi Besalyan (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (04/29/2014-05/01/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1916-1917

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 39 :: no 6 in A minor. Allegro
  • Performer: Raffi Besalyan (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (04/29/2014-05/01/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1916-1917

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Variations on a Theme of Corelli, for piano, Op. 42
  • Performer: Raffi Besalyan (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (04/29/2014-05/01/2014)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1931

>Babadjanyan, Arno : Prélude
  • Performer: Raffi Besalyan (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (04/29/2014-05/01/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Babadjanyan, Arno : Melody & Humoresque :: Melody
  • Performer: Raffi Besalyan (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (04/29/2014-05/01/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Babadjanyan, Arno : Elegy, for piano
  • Performer: Raffi Besalyan (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (04/29/2014-05/01/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1978

>Babadjanyan, Arno : Vagarshapat Dance, for piano
  • Performer: Raffi Besalyan (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (04/29/2014-05/01/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1944

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Prelude for piano no 1 in C sharp minor ("The Bells of Moscow"), Op. 3/2
  • Performer: Raffi Besalyan (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (04/29/2014-05/01/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Prelude for piano no 6 in G minor, Op. 23/5
  • Performer: Raffi Besalyan (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (04/29/2014-05/01/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1901

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Prelude for piano no 7 in E flat major, Op. 23/6
  • Performer: Raffi Besalyan (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (04/29/2014-05/01/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1903

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Prelude for piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 23/7
  • Performer: Raffi Besalyan (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (04/29/2014-05/01/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1903

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Prelude for piano no 16 in G major, Op. 32/5
  • Performer: Raffi Besalyan (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (04/29/2014-05/01/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Prelude for piano no 21 in B minor, Op. 32/10
  • Performer: Raffi Besalyan (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (04/29/2014-05/01/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Prelude for piano no 23 in G sharp minor, Op. 32/12
  • Performer: Raffi Besalyan (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (04/29/2014-05/01/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 33 :: no 6 in E flat minor. Non allegro
  • Performer: Raffi Besalyan (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (04/29/2014-05/01/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1911

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 39 :: no 1 in C minor. Allegro agitato
  • Performer: Raffi Besalyan (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (04/29/2014-05/01/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1916-1917

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 39 :: no 5 in E flat minor. Appassionato
  • Performer: Raffi Besalyan (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (04/29/2014-05/01/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1916-1917

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 39 :: no 6 in A minor. Allegro
  • Performer: Raffi Besalyan (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (04/29/2014-05/01/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1916-1917

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Variations on a Theme of Corelli, for piano, Op. 42
  • Performer: Raffi Besalyan (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (04/29/2014-05/01/2014)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1931

>Babadjanyan, Arno : Prélude
  • Performer: Raffi Besalyan (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (04/29/2014-05/01/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Babadjanyan, Arno : Melody & Humoresque :: Melody
  • Performer: Raffi Besalyan (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (04/29/2014-05/01/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Babadjanyan, Arno : Elegy, for piano
  • Performer: Raffi Besalyan (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (04/29/2014-05/01/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1978

>Babadjanyan, Arno : Vagarshapat Dance, for piano
  • Performer: Raffi Besalyan (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (04/29/2014-05/01/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1944