Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Brahms, Ernest Chausson|
Music for Violin and Piano
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I can't rate Sergey high enough
Jacob Portukalian | Westwood, CA | 10/29/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"From the standpoint of an amateur violinist who attended three out of Sergey's four performances in Indianapolis including his phenomenal final performance of the Sibelius concerto that ended in an instant, four round standing ovation as well as actually meeting him in person, I can say that there isn't a high enough rating for him. Sergey won what is probably the most prestigious violin competition in the field, the Sibelius, at the age of 15 and continues to thrill and inspire audiences around the world. This CD is an absolute must for any music lover and even more so for any serious classical music fan. Definitely a winner. Stay on the lookout for the promised recording due this year with the Khachaturian and Sibelius concertos on it!"
Incredible Playing, Outstanding Maturity
Andrew B. | Vestal, NY, USA | 10/03/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I had been intrigued by Sergey Khachatryan's playing ever since I heard him play at the Indianapolis Competition online. His sound was immediately different from the other competitors. It had a unique resonance that the others simply didn't have. Naturally, then, I was excited to hear of his debut CD (although the only place I could find it was at Tower Records across from Lincoln Center in NYC). His playing is remarkable throughout, displaying a complex tonal sensitivity in the Brahms, an impressive account (given Sergey's age) of the Bach Chaconne, a fiery Tzigane, one of the most captivating accounts of the Chausson Poeme that I have EVER heard, and a "wow-ing" performance of the Waxman Carmen Fantasy. It's clear that Khachatryan is no flash in the pan. He is one of the great artists of our time (and I AM SERIOUS when I say this).As a dedicated teenage violinist myself, I can appreciate real talent. Khachatryan has it.I would recommend this CD hands down to any classical music listener. Too bad he is not recognized more here in the States.-Andrew B."
Splendid Debut Recording Of The World's Best Young Violinist
John Kwok | New York, NY USA | 05/01/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Last night I was privileged to hear Sergey Khachatryan at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall, making his New York City recital debut, with his sister Lusine accompanying him on the piano. Both have become splendid musicians since the original release of this CD, but Sergey is definitely without question the finest young violinist I have ever heard. A friend who had invited me to attend this concert with him spoke highly of his techical skills after having seen him perform recently with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Kurt Masur at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall. Initially I was skeptical, but my doubts vanished immediately as soon as I heard him perform the Bach Chaconne in D minor, from Violin Partita no. 2; it is without question one of the most difficult pieces in the Baroque repertoire for solo violin, but Khachatryan handled it flawlessly, gracefully, in a performance noted not only for his technical brilliance, but equally important, in making a lush, warm sound from his Stradivarius violin. Immediately I thought of comparing him favorably to both Maxim Vengerov and Joshua Bell, but my friend strongly disagreed, remarking that the only violinist with the same technical skills is Anne-Sophie Mutter, especially for contemporary pieces for the violin.
Admittedly this review is based primarily on the recital I had heard last night from both brother and sister Khachatryan, but having heard brief excerpts from this recording, I will say that this CD merely marks the astonishing debut of both as splendid classical musicians in their own right. For example, both performed superbly well on the Cesar Frank Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major, in a performance which I found far more memorable than an EMI recording of this same work released a few years ago which partnered violinist Sarah Chang with pianist Lars Vogt. But the real "show-stopper" was their electrifying performance of the Shostakovich Sonata for Violin and Piano, op. 134, in which literally pulled out all the stops with dazzling, brilliant playing from both, successfully coping with sudden shifts in tempi and from fortessimo to pianissimo playing and vice versa (They followed this amazing performance with four brief encores ranging from a piano and violin transcription of a song from Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" to Khachaturian's "Saber Dance"; which were all recipients of thunderous applause.). If nothing else, their exceptional New York City debut recital merely reaffirms that both will have bright futures ahead in classical music."