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Khachaturian - The Concertante Works for Piano

Composer Aram Il'yich Khachaturian
Performer Iyad Sughayer
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Andrew Litton, conductor
Period Modern
Catalogue Number BIS-2586 SACD
EAN 7318599925868
Format SACD Hybrid

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

Release date Sep 2022
Total time 75'35


Album release: 2nd September
The expressive immediacy of Aram Khachaturian's music, with its sensuous melodic writing, vibrant orchestration and rhythmic drive, resulted in a popularity equalled by few composers of his generation. Composed in 1936, the Piano Concerto was the work that established Khachaturian’s name. Cast in the customary three movements, it is scored for a sizable orchestra, with notable contributions from both side-drum and military drum in the percussion section. In the second movement there is also an extensive solo for a so-called ‘flexatone’; it is often put forward that Khachaturian in fact intended the part to be played on the musical saw, as it is on the present recording. Thirty years after the Concerto, the composer returned to the genre with his Concerto-Rhapsody for piano and orchestra. This time the score offers prominent roles for the xylophone, marimba and vibraphone, which contribute towards making this one of the composer’s most colourful works.

The demanding solo parts are here performed by the young Jordanian-Palestinian pianist Iyad Sughayer, with spirited support from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Andrew Litton. Sughayer made his acclaimed début as a recording artist with a disc of Khachaturian's piano works and sandwiched between the two works with orchestra he here presents the piano version of one of the composer's best loved pieces, the Masquerade Suite with its yearning opening Waltz and closing Galop.
 
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  Aram Khachaturian
  Piano Concerto in D flat major 35'40
01 I. Allegro ma non troppo e maestoso 14'51
02 II. Andante con anima 10'29
03 III. Allegro brillante 10'20
 
  Masquerade Suite 16'09
04 I. Waltz 3'53
05 II. Nocturne 3'51
06 III. Mazurka 2'22
07 IV. Romance 3'08
08 V. Galop 2'55
 
  Concerto-Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra 23'40
09 Beginning 8'46
10 1 bar after Fig. 17 3'50
11 Fig. 31 7'04
12 Fig. 69 4'00
 
  Album total 75'35
ComposerKhachaturian, Aram
PianoSughayer, Iyad
OrchestraBBC National Orchestra of Wales
ConductorLitton, Andrew

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