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Best Album of the Year: Arutiunian

April 03, 2018

Grand Piano is delighted to report that Hayk Melikyan’s recording of the complete piano works of Alexander Arutiunian [GP718] has been recognised as Best Classical Album of the Year by Armenia’s Ministry of Culture.

Arutiunian, an accomplished pianist who was much admired by Shostakovich, created virtuoso piano works that are rooted in Armenian folk traditions while expressing, in the words of Hayk Melikyan, “a rich palette of emotions reflecting both his time and the history of his nation.”

“Strength and imagination are the hallmarks of this disc.” (MusicWeb International)

Hayk Melikyan has also recorded the complete piano works of Arno Harutyuni Babadjanian, a fellow Armenian composer and member of the so-called ‘Mighty Handful’. [GP674]

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