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Khachaturian, Sibelius: Violin Concertos ~ Khachatryan
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The Khachaturian benefits from a red-blooded performance; this is not subtle music. The orchestra's lean profile could have benefitted from a fuller string sound, but it's not a big matter.Read more ›
This record was made in July 2003. It was time to get a cd version of the Sibelius anyhow to supplement my LP account of the first recording of the work, done in 1935 but sounding surprisingly well still, by Heifetz and Beecham, and this particular soloist struck me as a good bet. So it has turned out. For me, the Sibelius concerto sometimes works and sometimes not. In his thoughtful book on the composer Robert Layton hints that its style is not completely consistent, and I have heard many performances that leave me feeling the same way. From the symphonies it would be hard to imagine Sibelius as a concerto writer, not a difficulty one would experience in listening to Mozart Beethoven or Brahms as symphonists. Nothing in the finales of the Sibelius symphonies is remotely suggestive of concerto style for one thing.Read more ›
Kirvine and his unknown (to me) Vercovia orchestra do very well as accompanists -- the Sibelius concerto in particular feels newly minted, with Kirvine sensitively following his soloist's inward approach. The sonics from Naive are fine -- the violin tone hasn't the least shrillness about it. As for the interpretations, as I've indicated, Khachatryan avoids flashiness, and in so doing he elevates the semi-junky Khachaturian concerto to a height of musicality I've never heard before. The Sibelius performance is the most polished and inward that I've ever come across.
Out of his young generation (Han, Gringolds, the somewhat older Daniel Hope, and Julia Fischer) Khachatryan may be the one who turns out to be the next Menuhin. Highly recommended.
At this stage in his career, Rosand cannot quite generate the whirlwind of sound that placed him in the forefront of his generation, so it is all the more important that he have a strong ally. The Khachaturian comes through much better; the Malaysian group has the necessary mechanical precision to bring it off and the recording is generous with the color.
In summary, the Sibelius is worth it only if you want to hear Rosand's ideas on the solo part.
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This review reflects my feelings towards Khachaturian's concerto ONLY:
An ingenious concerto. Read more
I saw him live with this piece when he was 19 making his debut with the Cleveland Orchestra and he stepped in for someone else who cancelled, it was sensational!Published on December 23, 2012 by Aranjuez Artistic Services
I had the pleasure of hearing Khachatryan perform the Khachaturian concerto with the Cleveland orchestra the same year this recording was released. Read morePublished on July 12, 2011 by J. K. Davis MD
I tend to be sceptical of "cult artists" whose fringe reputation seems to be in proportion to the rarity of their recordings, never for major labels and always with improbable,... Read morePublished on July 28, 2009 by Discophage
I might have felt better disposed towards Sergey Khachatryan's interpretation of Sibelius' Violin Concerto if I hadn't heard it immediately after those of Heifetz (the premiere... Read morePublished on August 6, 2008 by Discophage
I was curious to hear this recording because one of my students recommended it highly. Sure enough, I was quite impressed, especially by the Sibelius. But I had objections, too. Read morePublished on February 9, 2007 by Muslit
By no means whimsically or freshly swayed by the beauty of the music itself, and after having listened to various interpretations including those of patent greats, it is clear to... Read morePublished on June 3, 2005 by transcend
We all know that fields of gravity cross and criss-cross our local solar system as planets spin in their orbits around our sun. Read morePublished on October 4, 2004 by drdanfee