The second disc in this Melodiya series includes two piano concertos played by Nikolay Petrov and a concerto for violin performed by David Oistrakh. The violin concerto is among Khachaturian’s best compositions and was dedicated to Oistrakh who described it as being “full of melodic beauty” .
Khachaturian: Piano Concerto in D flat major - 1. Allegro ma non troppo e maestoso
Khachaturian: Piano Concerto in D flat major - 2. Andante con anima
Khachaturian: Piano Concerto in D flat major - 3. Allegro brillante
Khachaturian: Violin Concerto in D minor - 1. Allegro con fermezza
Khachaturian: Violin Concerto in D minor - 2. Andante sostenuto
Khachaturian: Violin Concerto in D minor - 3. Allegro vivace
“Some rough-and-ready orchestral playing and dim sound, redeemed by the brilliant pianism [of] Nikolai Petrov and the artistry of violinst David Oistrakh.”
“It is an impressive example of Khachaturian as a conductor of his own music: the orchestral opening has tremendous grit and energy and Petrov matches this all the way. He's a muscular player who is also capable of poetic and reflective playing...Although the sound of this disc is rugged and bright, its slightly raw quality suits the sinewy vigour of the music rather well.”
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