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Armenian Rhapsody / Khachaturian, Zakarian, Sharafyan and Komitas

> Concerto-Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra - I. Andante sostenuto e pesante
> Concerto-Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra - II. Allegro animato
> Concerto-Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra - III. Allegro vivace
> Monograph - Monograph
> Suite for Cello and Orchestra - I. Mattinata
> Suite for Cello and Orchestra - II. Waltz
> Suite for Cello and Orchestra - III. Sarabande-Courante
> Suite for Cello and Orchestra - IV. Postero die (The next day)
> Krunk (The Crane) (arr. V. Sharafyan for duduk, cello and piano) - Krunk (The Crane) (arr. V. Sharafyan for duduk, cello and piano)

Album Summary

>Khachaturian, Aram : Concert-Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra
>Zakarian, Suren : Monograph, for cello & chamber orchestra
>Sharafyan, Vache : Suite for cello & orchestra
>Vardapet, Komitas : The Crane
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
Chaushian is a fine soloist who plays with a big, voluble. In fact, his playing is undoubtedly the high point here. The Armenian orchestra plays with fervor and commitment to music written by the most famous Armenian composer. The rest of the program is devoted to music by living Armenian composers, Suren Zakarian, born in 1956, and Vache Sharafyan, born 10 years later in 1966. Zakarian's Monograph is a long, gloomy, 17-minute wailing lament from the cello. And Chaushian rises to that challenge admirably. Charafyan's Suite is divided into four movements of varying degrees. It does match the mood of the Zakarian piece. Chaushian and the orchestra put a lot of intensity in it. It's highly lyrical. 'Krunk' (Crane) is an arrangement by Sharafyan of an early 20th Century violin-and piano piece by the Armenian composer Komitas. This version is for cello, piano, and duduk, described in the notes as "a double-reed woodwind instrument that can be regarded as an ancestor of instruments such as the oboe, bassoon, etc". It kind of reminds me of the nasal-sounding instrument that figures prominently in parts of Hans Zimmer's score for the movie Gladiator. Interesting sonority. As one of my favorite English professors used to end his lectures, "Well, there you have it." The recorded sound really is very fine.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall, Yerevan, Armenia (04/2010).



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Works Details

>Khachaturian, Aram : Concert-Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra
  • Performer: Alexander Chaushian (Cello)
  • Conductor: Eduard Topshjan
  • Ensemble: Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 13 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1963

>Zakarian, Suren : Monograph, for cello & chamber orchestra
  • Performer: Alexander Chaushian (Cello)
  • Conductor: Eduard Topshjan
  • Ensemble: Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 17 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1994

>Sharafyan, Vache : Suite for cello & orchestra
  • Performer: Alexander Chaushian (Cello)
  • Conductor: Eduard Topshjan
  • Ensemble: Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 22 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Vardapet, Komitas : The Crane
  • Performers: Vache Sharafyan (Piano); Alexander Chaushian (Cello); Emmanuel Hovhannisyan (Duduk)
  • Conductor: Eduard Topshjan
  • Ensemble: Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern