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Khachaturian: Violin Concerto in D

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Audio CD, October 28, 1992
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1. Violin Concerto in D minor: I Allegro con fermezza
2. Violin Concerto in D minor: II Andante sostenuto
3. Violin Concerto in D minor: III Allegro vivace
4. Violin Concerto In C Major Op.48: I Allegro molto e con brio
5. Violin Concerto In C Major Op.48: II Andantino cantabile
6. Violin Concerto In C Major Op.48: III Vivace giocoso

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  • Orchestra: Scottish National Orchestra
  • Conductor: Jarvi
  • Composer: Khachaturian
  • Audio CD (October 28, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B000000AM5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #562,695 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr JB on September 14, 2001
Here we have two russian folk coloured violin concertos, who both deserves to be better known. None of them were 'new' or 'avant garde' when they came, some of, for example, Bartok's works, written some years earlier, are more modern in many ways. But, and this is really important - music can be beautiful, captivating, fun and interesting even if not very refreshing in style. These pieces have rather much folk tone, which makes them rather playful, combining fire and mixed minor-key's. The Khachaturian is perhaps the most mixed - sometimes it sounds eastern-europe folkish, sometimes the tonal language definately is modern, sometimes the tunes might well have been inspired by Bizet's 'Carmen'. And maybe this is why the work is so great - though having no real 'meaning', as I can find, it's handcrafted by a skilled composer how knew what he was doing. In some parts it gets a little too pompous for my taste, but that's a minor objection. This is entertaining classical music on the right side of the border to banality - it's folk tones are genuine enough and sparkle and fire definately is there.
Still, I find Kabalevsky's concerto more intresting, perhaps because he doesn't write a single note that's not necessary - in some way a musical correspondant to Hemingway. The concerto is short, but leaves nothing further to be wished for. The concerto is not heading in any special direction - more than straight to my heart for all it's simplicity, intense playfulness and beauty. Nevertheless it contains parts that requires real virtuosity from the soloist. If you like Kabalevsky's 2nd cello concerto (listen to the BIS recording with Lidstrom/Ashkenazy - it's actually paired with Khachaturian's E-minor), then you'll also like this.
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