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BABADJANIAN, Arno (1921-1983)

COMPLETE ORIGINAL WORKS FOR PIANO SOLO


  • Hayk Melikyan, piano

One of the former Soviet Union’s leading composers and a member of the so-called Armenian ‘Mighty Handful’, Arno Babadjanian was admired by musicians of the stature of Shostakovich, Khachaturian, Rostropovich and David Oistrakh. He was also an outstanding pianist and a very considerable virtuoso. Babadjanian's music explores his native Armenian folk tradition as well as elements of jazz and twelve-tone techniques.

Tracklist

 
Polyphonic Sonata (1947) (00:10:24 )
1
I. Prelude (00:01:05)
2
II. Fugue (00:07:15)
3
III. Toccata (00:04:29)
 
6 Kartin (6 Pictures) (1965) (00:13:00 )
4
No. 1. Improvisation (00:02:17)
5
No. 2. Folk Song (00:01:31)
6
No. 3. Toccatina (00:01:52)
7
No. 4. Intermezzo (00:01:37)
8
No. 5. Chorale (00:03:59)
9
No. 6. Sassoun Dance (00:02:41)
 
Melody and Humoresque (1973) (00:04:05 )
10
Melody (00:02:32)
11
Humoresque (00:01:54)
12
Elegy (1978) (00:03:45)
13
Reflection (1973) (00:02:23)
14
Prelude () (00:01:43)
15
Vagharshapat Dance (1947) (00:01:45)
16
Impromptu, "Exprompt" (1936) (00:02:49)
17
Capriccio (1951) (00:04:49)
18
Poem (1966) (00:06:36)
Total Time: 00:55:02

The Artist

Hayk Melikyan is recognised internationally by classical music audiences and critics alike as one of Armenia’s most versatile and imaginative musicians and among today’s most engaging virtuoso pianists. Since winning Second Prize at the Valentino Bucchi International Piano Competition of Twentieth Century and Contemporary Music, in Rome in 2000, he has included contemporary music as a leading component of his concert programmes, with performances throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas. In 2012 Hayk Melikyan was awarded a Gold Medal by the Moscow Composers Union for his contribution and promotion of contemporary music and in 2013 the title of Honoured Artist of the Republic of Armenia. He has given premières of numerous works by contemporary composers and a number of pieces have been specially written for him. His recording of Arno Babadjanian’s complete piano works [Grand Piano GP674], released in 2014, entered the Fanfare magazine ‘Want List’, the performances described as having “power and agility to spare.”

Reviews

Fanfare

“This is an exemplary introduction to the music of Babadjanian.” – Fanfare

“Melikyan’s performances are very good…” – American Record Guide

“Here is more extremely good and fulfilling work done by Grand Piano with a well documented and recorded recital played to the manner born by Hayk Melikyan.” – MusicWeb International