Armenian Rhapsody


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Armenian Rhapsody



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30th Aug 2011




71 minutes


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Armenian Rhapsody


Concerto-Rhapsody for Cello in D minor


Krunk (la grue)

for duduk, cello and piano. Arr. Vache Sharafyan

with Emmanuel Hovhannisyan (duduk) & Vache Sharafyan (piano)


Suite for Cello and Orchestra


Monograph for cello and chamber orchestra

Alexander Chaushian (cello)

Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Eduard Topchjan


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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

I. Mattinata

II. Waltz

III. Sarabande-Courante

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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