Khachaturian: Violin Concerto

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Khachaturian: Violin Concerto



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27th April 2009




63 minutes


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Khachaturian: Violin Concerto


Violin Concerto in D minor

Concerto-Rhapsody for violin & orchestra



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Armenia’s greatest composer Aram Khachaturian received both acclaim and criticism from the Soviet regime, including the USSR State Prize for his three Concerto-Rhapsodies. “A concerto is music with chandeliers burning bright; a rhapsody is music with chandeliers dimmed, and the Concerto-Rhapsodies are both”, he explained.

The Violin Concerto’s passionately heroic first movement and poignant Andante sostenuto lead to a virtuosic, dancing finale.

Both works on this disc brim with the full-blooded lyricism of his much-loved ballet Spartacus, Suites Nos. 1–3 of which are available on 8550801.

Aram Il'yich Khachaturian: Concerto-Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra

Concerto-Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra

Aram Il'yich Khachaturian: Violin Concerto

I. Allegro con fermezza

II. Andante sostenuto

III. Allegro vivace

The Guardian

12th June 2009


“It's an immensely attractive work, full of his trademark Armenian folk flourishes, and the swaying, hypnotic Andante is notably beautiful.”

MusicWeb International

“An excellent introduction to a comparative rarity in the composer’s output.”

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