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Two Souls: Khachaturian & Barber Violin Concertos

Aram Khachaturian , Samuel Barber , Kristjan Järvi , London Symphony Orchestra , Mikhail Simonyan Audio CD
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Mikhal Simonyan Plays Khachaturian and Barber


Born in 1986 in Novosibirsk, Russia, Mikhail Simonyan began learning the violin at the age of five. He received first prize at the All-Russia Competition in St. Petersburg, the Siberian Violin Competition, and the National Prize Prizvanie in Moscow. In 1999 he made his acclaimed New York debut at Lincoln Center with the American Russian Young Artists Orchestra (ARYO) – and his St. ... Read more in Amazon's Mikhail Simonyan Store

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  • Performer: Mikhail Simonyan
  • Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Kristjan Järvi
  • Composer: Aram Khachaturian, Samuel Barber
  • Audio CD (November 1, 2011)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B005LJTU1A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,791 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Allegro con fermezza
2. Andante sostenuto
3. Allegro vivace
4. Allegro
5. Andante
6. Presto in moto perpetuo
7. Adagio for Strings op. 11

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Well, this disc is most welcome. It seems to be aimed at mainly presenting DGG's newest Armenian wunderkind fiddle player, Simonyan. But as it turns out, Simonyan and his fiddle are not the only stunning aspects of the disc. The youngest Jarvi in the apparent family conducting dynasty is also in extremely good form. The LSO again shows itself to be capable of quite telling, incisive playing, even in the orchestra accompaniments to two fiddle concertos.

I cannot quite recall if anybody has ever before released the Khachiturian and Samuel Barber fiddle concertos, together on one disc, or not. My guess is, not. They make an interesting coupling, although I still was not completely convinced about the pairing, even by the end of this estimable disc.

DGG has bothered to give all the musicians very good sound throughout. The LSO home base venue at St. Luke's augurs well for both concertos. So, no complaints ... well, maybe except ... this would be a demonstration multi-channel SACD disc, indeed.

Also no complaints about the instrument for which each composer wrote a concerto. This fiddle is a modern violin made by Christophe Landon, now played often by the soloist. It is a big tonal presence, though retains something of a modern edge as it etches intervals in a given phrase without deconstructing the momentum or the phrase, given whole.

Benchmark recordings of the Khachaturian concerto on my shelves have been David Oistrakh and Henryk Szyrng with Dorati. I have other performances, and always end up coming back to these two. I honestly can add Simonyan and KJarvi with LSO to the two high marks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Performances!!!!! April 9, 2013
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All I can say is...........bravo!!!!!! Clean and polished and absolutely flawless!!!! Buy this CD. You will not regret it. Cool cadenza in Khachaturian. Way flashy and unbelievable!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent recordiings. January 1, 2012
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The Khachaturian violin concerto may not be one of the "great" 20th century concertos, but is still highly enjoyable. Old recordings by Oistrakh, Kogan and Perlman are well worth a listen, and more recently Khachatryan on the Naive label has much to offer. This new recording has the best sound of the bunch, and in the Khachaturian, a new cadenza. The Barber concerto is given a beautiful performance, and makes the case for purchasing this cd. The Barber 'Adagio' is a welcome conclusion to the program, well-played if not a match perhaps for the Bernstein recordings. Skip the wordy liner notes.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This is great. I bought it for the Barber,but now really enjoy the Khachaturian also.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Two cheers for Khacha! November 10, 2013
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Well we are going to a concert performance of it tomorrow so we should be familiar with it. Frankly, Khachaturian is a bit of a heavy handed lightweight...
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