Prokofiev, Khachaturian: Piano Concertos / Arghamanyan, Altinoglu, Berlin Radio Symphony

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Arghamanyan is not the first Armenian to offer a more thoughtful approach to Khachaturian's music than the usual fireworks display. The result, though, is all the more striking in this, the first and fieriest of his concertos. Arghamanyan's characterful yet non-idiosyncratic reading may be enthusiastically endorsed. She captures that protean work's playful classicism and its mournful ruminative side.

– BBC Music Magazine

“Arghamanyan's playing is compulsive, emotional yet remarkably "complete" for such a young musician – sensitive, unaffected, genuine.” -- Jessica Duchen, The Independent [10/2011]

“Nareh Arghamanyan impressed with wonderfully sparkling articulation, imaginative dynamic shaping and a convincing dialogue between bass and melody. -- Thomas Schacher, Neue Zürcher Zeitung [10/2011]

“Arghamanyan’s utter confidence in her technique allowed the work to bloom fully, and it was unquestionably the most thrilling and fluid Islamey I’ve ever heard played live.”-- Ken Iisaka, San Francisco Classical Voice [3/2012]

“It’s encouraging to hear a young pianist who plays with a distinctive personality and technique to burn, handles soft lyrical passages, and has an intuitive feel for flexibility and rubato playing that suggest that Romantic piano playing may not yet be dead.” -- James C.S. Liu, Boston Musical Intelligencer [10/2012]

Product Description:

  • Catalog Number: PTC5186510

  • UPC: 827949051067

  • Label: Pentatone

  • Composer: Aram Khachaturian, Sergei Prokofiev

  • Conductor: Alain Altinoglu

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra

  • Performer: Nareh Arghamanyan