Khachaturian: Piano Concerto; Dance Suite

COMPOSERS: Khachaturian
LABELS: ASV
WORKS: Piano Concerto; Dance Suite
PERFORMER: Dora Serviarian-Kuhn (piano); Armenian PO/Loris Tjeknavorian
CATALOGUE NO: CD DCA 964 DDD
Richly endowed with magnificent writing for the soloist, Khachaturian’s Piano Concerto deserves its relative popularity. The sonorities of the slow movement, which include a wailing ‘flexitone’, are mesmerically effective. The Armenian PO makes a big noise, but the textures, particularly in the strings, are thin. The Dance Suite? If these are dances then give me a buffalo stampede any day. Christopher Lambton

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