Prokofiev, Khachaturian - Piano Concertos (2014)

Khachaturian, Prokofiev

Nareh Arghamanyan, Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin

Alain Altinoglu

 

July 12, 1937 saw the official première of Aram Khachaturian’s hugely powerful Piano Concerto. The concert took place under the open sky in Sokolniki Park in central Moscow, featuring as soloist 29-year-old Lev Oborin, Soviet master-pianist and winner of the First Chopin Competition in 1927. However, a hastily assembled orchestra clumsily stormed its way through the extremely difficult score (written in D flat major); and the force of the wind blew conductor Lev Steinberg’s glasses right off his nose. After the concert, the 34-year-old composer was seen leaning against a birch tree in a corner of the park, tears pouring down his cheeks...

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Nareh Arghamanyan

Highly acclaimed for her unique style, colourful tone and dazzling virtuosity, Nareh Arghamanyan is one of the most promising talents of her generation.
She has debuted with orchestras such as the Vienna Symphony, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich, the hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, the NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, RTÉ Dublin, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and the Vancouver and Utah Symphonies. She has performed at the Wigmore Hall, Philharmonie Berlin, Herkulessaal Munich, Musikverein Vienna, Lincoln Centre New York, Kimmel Centre Philadelphia and Gardner Museum Boston. Upcoming highlights include her debuts with the Radio-Symphonieorchester Vienna, the Gulbenkian Orchestra Lisbon, Munich Symphonic, Copenhagen Philharmonic and others 

Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin

 Marek Janowski and the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin are working together for the thirteenth season in 2014|2015. At the latest since completing its ten-part concertante Wagner cycle and the attendant CD series in 2013, the oldest German radio orchestra has won a place in the top tier of European concert orchestras.
Nonetheless, the RSB is a young orchestra. More than 80 of its 103 members entered its earlier workplace, the former GDR radio broadcasting station Nalepastraße, for the first time in January 2014 – to produce a CD with tenor Jonas Kaufmann. Another remarkable feature is the pioneering role this orchestra might take from the standpoint of an equal opportunities commissioner. In the once male domain of the symphony orchestra, now forty female members set the tone at the RSB.

Marek Janowski and the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin are working together for the thirteenth season in 2014|2015. At the latest since completing its ten-part concertante Wagner cycle and the attendant CD series in 2013, the oldest German radio orchestra has won a place in the top tier of European concert orchestras.

 

 

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Prokofiev, Khachaturian - Piano Concertos (2014)

Khachaturian, Prokofiev

Nareh Arghamanyan, Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin

    International Record Review - IRR Outstanding

Arghamanyan brings something new to this work, for there is care and detail and sensitivity here which I have not heard before and it is achieved without any loss of tempo. This performances are captured in immaculate SACD sound, with ideal balance between soloist and orchestra. Arghamanyan is one to watch, and I hope we hear more from this remarkable partnership.

Nicholas Salwey

    Gramophone

Nareh Arghamanyan has come up with a refreshingly individual take on the piece, soft-grained, spacious and full of colouw. Wether self-consciously bubbly or dreamily withdrawn, Arghamanyan's pointing of line is intensely individual, always super articulate and withouth percussiveness.

    SA-CD Net -

I can’t recall a recording that reveals so much subtle detail in Prokofiev’s orchestral writing and needless to say PENTATONE's sound quality is beyond reproach. Those seeking this release for the Khachaturian Piano Concerto need not hesitate.

Graham Williams[read full review]

Prokofiev, Khachaturian - Piano Concertos (2014)

Khachaturian, Prokofiev

Nareh Arghamanyan, Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin

Producer: Job Maarse
Recording Engineer: Jean Marie Geijsen, Roger de Schot
Recording location: Haus de Reundfunks, RBB Berlin
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Khachaturian Piano Concerto in D flat - I Allegro maestoso
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Khachaturian Piano Concerto in D flat - II Andante con anima
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Khachaturian Piano Concerto in D flat - III Allegro brilliante
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Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major Op. 26 - II Tema - Andante-Allegro
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Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major Op. 26 - II Tema - Andantino
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Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major Op. 26 - III Allegro ma non troppo
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