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Armenian Cello Concertos - Past Meets Present

Composer Arno Babajanian
Aram Il'yich Khachaturian
Michel Petrossian
Performer Alexander Chaushian
Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra
Eduard Topchjan, conductor
Period Modern
Catalogue Number BIS-2648 SACD
EAN 7318599926483
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Apr 2023
Total time 68'30

Upcoming release - available starting 7th April 2023
Recorded in the Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, this disc offers an opportunity to sample music by Armenian composers, here represented by three works for cello and orchestra, and is in a way a follow-up to the 2011 release [BIS-1849] which was also devoted to concertante works for cello by Armenian composers. The programme opens with Aram Khachaturian, whose 1946 concerto, which contains many Armenian and Georgian folkloric allusions and rhythmic dances like those of the Ashoug, has been described as being closer to a symphony with cello than to a concerto. The second work, Arno Babajanian’s Cello Concerto, is permeated by specific intonation rooted in Armenian folk music and folklore. The disc concludes with the cello concerto by the French composer of Armenian origin, Michel Petrossian, a work from 2022 entitled 8.4, an allusion to the book of Genesis, chapter 8, verse 4, where Mount Ararat is first mentioned. The work glorifies the symbolic and spiritual aspect of Ararat, the ‘sacred mountain’, and integrates Armenian and Byzantine liturgical chants.

The UK-based Alexander Chaushian, cello soloist in all of these works, is Armenian by birth, and has secured the expert support of the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra under its principal conductor Eduard Topchjan.
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  Aram Khachaturian
  Concerto in E minor for Cello and Orchestra 35'13
01 I. Allegro moderato 17'04
02 II. Andante sostenuto 8'17
03 III. Allegro a battuta 9'52
  Arno Babajanian
  Concerto for cello and orchestra 20'03
04 Andante sostenuto 6'37
05 Andante con amore 2'15
06 Allegro energico con fuoco 11'11
  Michel Petrossian
  8.4, concerto for cello and orchestra 13'10
07 1. Massis 8'43
08 2. Sis 4'27
  Album total 68'30
ComposerBabajanian, Arno
Khachaturian, Aram
Petrossian, Michel
CelloChaushian, Alexander
OrchestraArmenian Philharmonic Orchestra
ConductorTopchjan, Eduard

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