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Arutiunian: Concerto/Sinfonietta/Concertino

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Editorial Reviews

1. Concerto For Violin And Orchestra: Andante sostenuto
2. Concerto For Violin And Orchestra: Allegretto (Scherzando)
3. Concerto For Violin And Orchestra: Adagio recitativo
4. Concerto For Violin And Orchestra: Allegro molto
5. Sinfonietta: Prelude
6. Sinfonietta: Arioso
7. Sinfonietta: Intermezzo pizzicato
8. Sinfonietta: Finale
9. Concertino for piano and orchestra: Allegro
10. Concertino for piano and orchestra: Andante
11. Concertino for piano and orchestra: Allegro vivace

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 18, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Chandos
  • Run Time: 53.00 minutes
  • ASIN: B000000B1T
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,319 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G.D. VINE VOICE on February 9, 2014
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Alexander Arutiunian (1920-2012) is most famous for his trumpet concerto, which has managed to enter something close to the standard repertoire. It’s good to have an opportunity to hear some of his other music, and while these works are perhaps not timeless masterpieces they are indeed well worth hearing. Arutiunian belonged to the generation of Armenian composers following Khachaturian, and his style is conservative, tuneful and very much in line with the Soviet guidelines. It is a style in which a lot of composers have written a lot of rather bland music, but the music on this disc stands out – though there are few traces of a truly individual voice, the music is well-crafted, inventive and appealing (though it is hard to judge whether it means that Arutiunian could have been a truly great composer without the guidelines, or whether the rules were precisely suitable for Arutiunian’s compositional gifts).

The violin concerto is a case in point. It is, in fact, an excellent piece (and this is not its only recording, though I haven’t heard the challengers), written in response to the Spitak earthquake in 1988. It is a generally introspective work full of feeling without ever being cloying; the opening Andante sostenuto is memorably melodic, the slightly quirky Allegretto Scherzando rather fascinating, the long Adagio recitativo deeply moving and beautifully put together, and the finale Allegro molto much more profound than you’d expect. An excellent work, Arutiunian’s violin concerto certainly deserves to be heard at least once in a while also in the concert hall.

The other two works are perhaps not quite on the same level. The Sinfonietta for strings dates from 1966 and is generally neo-classical, though folk-inspired, and relatively light.
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