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Cello Concerto Concerto Rhaps


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Incredible music / Powerful performances March 15 2010
By D. Lai - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is BIG! powerful playing from soloist (Dmitry Yablonsky, cello) and orchestra (Moscow City Symphony Orchestra) alike. These players mean business--it's like they're retelling an experience they've all shared directly. Yablonsky plays soulful, smooth cello lines.

The beautiful recording places the listener right in the middle of the orchestra. Close your eyes and you almost see the rosin flying off the bows, the woodwinds' reeds pushing to their limit. This is absolutely a no-holds-barred performance.

The 1946 Cello Concerto's almost 3-minute long cadenza exhibits a fearless virtuosity from Yablonsky. The 1963 Concerto-Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra is an equally bravura performance with eery pulsing tones like from a Bernard Herrmann score.

Beautiful. Moody. Intense. Strong. Smooth. All of the above.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A good, inexpensive alternative April 25 2013
By John J. Puccio - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Much of the music of Armenian composer-conductor Ayam Khachaturian (1903-1978) seems to me noisy and bombastic, and some of it even at its best, as in the ballets Gayaneh and Spartacus, can be a little tiring. But his Cello Concerto of 1946 was so out of line with the traditional guidelines of the Communist Party that they ousted him from the Composers' Union over it (among other things). I must admit I have never been too fond of the piece myself, although the present recording goes a fair way toward helping to change that opinion.

If the Cello Concerto can sound somewhat harsh and off-putting to some listeners, the composer's Concerto-Rhapsody from 1963 is more approachable. It is more flowing, more harmonic, more poetic, and more impassioned. Both pieces are well played, and the Naxos sound is clear and well balanced.

John J. Puccio
Classical Candor
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
It's not Ed Sullivan Aug. 27 2012
By Shorty McCoy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is a fine recording of a fine piece of music. But, I was hoping for something more like Gayaneh. The fault is mine, not Khachaturian's.

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