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KHACHATURIAN, A.I.: Violin Concerto / Concerto-Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra (Koeckert, Royal Philharmonic, Serebrier)

Composer(s):Khachaturian, Aram Il'yich
Artist(s) Serebrier, Jose, Conductor • Royal Philharmonic OrchestraKoeckert, Nicolas, violin
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Concertos
Catalogue 8.570988
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


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 8.550801.


   




Review By Mary Kunz Goldman,The Buffalo News,August 2009

…the music of Khachaturian has come into its own and is holding up beautifully. The German violinist Nicolas Koeckert brings a light but lyrical touch to the Violin Concerto in D Minor and the Concerto-Rhapsody in the brooding key of B flat minor. (The difference between a Concerto and a Concerto-Rhapsody? As Khachaturian wittily explained: “A concerto is music with chandeliers burning bright; a rhapsody is music with chandeliers dimmed, and the Concerto-Rhapsodies are both.”) High points include the concerto’s lonely, passionate Andante and bracing, atmospheric last movement. Serebrier, no stranger to Naxos, approaches the music with sensitivity.



Review By ,Fono Forum,August 2009


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Review By Patricia Kelly,Courier Mail,May 2009

It must be daunting for a violinist to step into the shoes of greats such as David Oistrakh or Leonid Kogan who premiered the two works on this disc, Concerto-Rhapsody in B flat minor for violin and orchestra and Violin Concerto by Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian. Multi-award winning young German-Brazilian violinist Nicolas Koeckert more than holds his own and melds the spirit of his own considerable heritage and that of the composer in these two compositions.

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Review By David Denton, Naxos,May 2009

Khachaturian’s name is familiar for his colourful ‘pop’ classics, but they have sadly overshadowed his many other works of a more serious nature. The Concerto-Rhapsody, written in 1961, came at a time when he had fallen victim of the pressures exerted by the Soviet State regime. He did rather rely on his stock-in-trade style of writing, everything predictable but highly attractive, the big noisy orchestral outburst, as we come to the conclusion, geared to audience approbation.The Violin Concerto is another matter altogether, for here the score attracts virtuosos by asking them to put their technique to the test in its many difficulties, not least in the fact that some of the passages fall uneasily for the fingers. David Oistrakh gave its

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