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This disc offers a rare opportunity to sample music by Armenian composers, here represented by three works for cello and orchestra.
Naturally Khachaturian is among the selected composers, with his impassioned and expansive Concerto-Rhapsody from 1963 as the disc's opening work. This is followed by Suren Zakarian’s Monograph for cello and chamber orchestra,
A Suite for cello and chamber orchestra by Zakarian's younger colleague, Vache Sharafyan follows. The composer's aim has been 'to create a sense of the perpetual cycle of life and history'. Sharafyan has also arranged the disc's epilogue, an atmospheric arrangement of the song Krunk (Crane). In this version for trio the melody is “sung” by the cello and accompanied by a piano and a duduk, an Armenian double-reed woodwind instrument is often heard in film scores
The UK-based Alexander Chaushian, cello soloist in all of these works, is Armenian by birth, and is supported by the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra under their principal conductor Eduard Topchjan.
Aram Il'yich Khachaturian: Concerto-Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra
I. Andante sostenuto e pesante
II. Allegro animato
III. Allegro vivace
Suren Zakarian: Monograph
Vache Sharafyan: Suite for Cello and Orchestra
IV. Postero die (The next day)
Vache Sharafyan: Krunk (The Crane)
Krunk (The Crane) (arr. V. Sharafyan for duduk, cello and piano)
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