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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
“An excellent introduction to a comparative rarity in the composer’s output.”
12th June 2009
“It's an immensely attractive work, full of his trademark Armenian folk flourishes, and the swaying, hypnotic Andante is notably beautiful.”