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Cello and Orchestra Music - KHACHATURIAN, A.I. / ZAKARIAN, S. / SHARAFYAN, V. (Armenian Rhapsody) (Chaushian, Armenian Philharmonic, Topchian)

The Classical Shop
release date: August 2011

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Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra

Topchian, Edouard

Alexander Chaushian


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Total Time - 70:49
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Cello and Orchestra Music - KHACHATURIAN, A.I. / ZAKARIAN, S. / SHARAFYAN, V. (Armenian Rhapsody) (Chaushian, Armenian Philharmonic, Topchian)

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Concerto-Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra

1 I. Andante sostenuto e pesante 13:23
 Topchian, Edouard
2 II. Allegro animato 9:29
 Topchian, Edouard
3 III. Allegro vivace 3:00
 Topchian, Edouard




 Topchian, Edouard



Suite for Cello and Orchestra

5 I. Mattinata 6:25
 Topchian, Edouard
6 II. Waltz 5:01
 Topchian, Edouard
7 III. Sarabande-Courante 7:10
 Topchian, Edouard
8 IV. Postero die (The next day) 3:40
 Topchian, Edouard



Krunk (The Crane) (arr. V. Sharafyan for duduk, cello and piano)

 Alexander Chaushian Soloist

Recorded in the Armenian capital of Jerevan, this disc offers a rare opportunity to sample music by Armenian composers, here represented by three works for cello and orchestra. Naturally Khachaturian is among the selected composers, with his impassioned and expansive Concerto-Rhapsody from 1963 as the disc’s opening work. This is followed by Suren Zakarian’s Monograph for cello and chamber orchestra, in which the solo part, in a discourse reminiscent of a stream-of-consciousness technique, gives voice to a conflicted soul. A Suite for cello and chamber orchestra by Zakarian’s younger colleague, Vache Sharafyan follows. The composer’s aim has been ’to create a sense of the perpetual cycle of life and history’, with a Mattinata (morning song) for its opening movement, while the closing one is called Postero die (‘the following day’). Sharafyan has also arranged the disc’s epilogue, an atmospheric arrangement of the song Krunk (Crane) by the composer usually described as the founder of Armenian classical music: Komitas, or Soghomon Soghomonyan (1869–1935). In this version for trio the melody is “sung” by the cello with the piano reinforcing the mood. To this, the composer has added what he himself describes as ‘an emotional echo’, in the form of a duduk – the most Armenian of all instruments. The archaic sound of this double-reed woodwind instrument is often heard in film scores and here lends a wistful character to the closing moments of this Armenian Rhapsody. The UK-based Alexander Chaushian, cello soloist in all of these works, is Armenian by birth, and has secured the expert support of the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra under their principal conductor Eduard Topchjan. Chaushian’s recent disc of three Russian cello sonatas has been warmly received, for instance with a special recommendation from The Strad, whose reviewer remarked that he with it ’establishes himself firmly in the echelons of international cellists.’


"...It’s an excellent ending to an unusual, sometimes challenging, and sometimes almost revelatory, disc."
Em Marshall-Luck - - 18 September 2012

                 The Strad - Recommends

"Alexander Chaushian is on sparkling form on this highly enterprising and beautifully recorded CD ..."

Joanne Talbot - The Strad - June 2012

"...The performances are excelent, with special praise due to the wonderfully expressive and fill-throated playing of the soloist, Alexander Chaushian. Despit my reservations about the Khachaturian, I find this to be a suprisingly fascinating collection. But cheery it ain’t"

Peter Burwasser - Fanfare - March/April 2012

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