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Khachaturian, Sibelius: Violin Concertos / Khachatryan

Album Summary

>Sibelius, Jean : Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 47
>Khachaturian, Aram : Concerto for Violin in D minor
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"[Sergey] Khachatryan is a spit-polish virtuoso with an indentifiable personality and a tendency toward introspection." - Magil, American Record Guide

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Sergey Khachatryan is among the most compelling players of his generation. Being the youngest- ever winner of the Sibelius Competition (2000) he was bound to record the Sibelius Concerto. Interestingly, his conductor, Emmanuel Krivine, had already recorded the work with a star player of a slightly older generation, Vadim Repin. Common to both is a mellow, fairly softcore approach to the orchestral score, the new Sinfonia Varsovia recording, probably using a smaller band, warmer overall and with superior sound quality. Khachatryan's approach is smoother and more flexible, especially in the first movement's first cadenza, which he accelerates by stages, and the great leap that launches the second cadenza, which he edges into on a finely calculated crescendo. He moves around the score with comparative ease, always intense though with a mode of attack that stops short of roughness.

His sound in the lower registers is rich and fulsome, yet even at piano or thereabouts, he still manages to sustain a full-bodied tone. Similar qualities inform the Khachaturian Concerto with a crisp, lightly articulated opening and seductive handling of the first movement's second set. In the finale Khachatryan knows how to coax a workable ebb and flow, ease his tone, lighten tension to facilitate a change in musical current. Again, Krivine and his team are sympathetic collaborators for a highly commendable performance.

Gramophone
This new coupling confirms Sergey Khachatryan as among the most compelling players of his generation. à He moves around the [Sibelius] score with what seems like comparative ease, always intense though with a mode of attack that stops short of roughness.



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>Sibelius, Jean : Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 47
  • Performer: Sergey Khachatryan (Violin)
  • Conductor: Emmanuel Krivine
  • Ensemble: Sinfonia Varsovia
  • Running Time: 32 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1903-1904

>Khachaturian, Aram : Concerto for Violin in D minor
  • Performer: Sergey Khachatryan (Violin)
  • Conductor: Emmanuel Krivine
  • Ensemble: Sinfonia Varsovia
  • Notes: Composition written: 1940.
  • Running Time: 37 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1940