"This is, in a word, GORGEOUS music and is sensitively performed by an "All-Armenian Team"!! No mention is made of the concert hall where it was recorded which is unbelievably ALIVE! The conductor is aware of the subtle points and lyric elements of the music and allows it to flow from soft, heartgripping melody to enthusiastic outbursts of sheer energy. A 'MUST BUY'."
My soul has been put to ease yet my heart out of beat.....
Cory | Virginia | 06/17/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I finally found it! The best recording of Lezghinka! Full of pounding cow hide! It's so great, it knocks my heart out of tempo from time to time. Too bad there's no much Gayanah on this CD. You will enjoy this well done music from a not well known orchestra though. The Ippolitov-Ivanov is very soothing. Until that is you get to the conclusion with an almost patriotic sense (if villagers can have some). This CD has all kinds of moods. Happiness, sadness, anger, love, rage, sleepyness, clowny, and other moods depending on who you are. Yes buy it. It's good! Not perfect but good."
Brilliant Folk Artist
Martick Noravian | Glendale, California United States | 07/16/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"You must be a Khachaturian fan to truly enjoy his outstanding masterpiece. One has to understand where he comes from and what he stood for to feel his music.
His Gayaneh ste:Lulleby is unique and unreplaceable. It captures your soul with a sence of piece and serenity.
His Masquerade ste: Waltz is revitalizing and awakes a dead soul to a cheerful dance.
Finally, The "Procession of Sardar" is a music that brings tear and joy to every Armenian's face with memories of their past history.
I recommend this CD to every classical music lover."
"Tjeknavorian is terrific in this admirable tour de force along the most representative works of this unforgettable colorist composer Aram Katchaturian (1905-1978) I thought that the last word in The Suite Gayaneh came from an old vynil recording of Efrem Kurtz the New York Philarmonic in those fifties, but I still remember how wondered I was when I listened this version thanks to a friend who love the Russian music . Gayaneh is played with such wildful rage , and so expressiveness that you will be uncapable to find another version in the market that even it gets closer and less to pretend be at the same level . The Sabre dance is simply out of this world , plenty of force and presence : The Lullaby is exquisite . The music suggets as any other reading the oriental landscapes , the oriental pomp and circumstance . The Masquerade Suite is simply radiant and Spartacus is filled with hard beat and filled heart expression . The Caucasian Sketches is another big point .to its favour . Acquire this CD , it will be a wise choice.