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Khachaturian * Prokofiev

Magazine article Gramophone

Khachaturian * Prokofiev

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Khachaturian * Prokofiev

Khachaturian Piano Concerto

Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 3, Op 26

Nareh Arghamanyan pf Berlin Radio

Symphony Orchestra /Alain Altinoglu

Pentatone [F] [SACD] PTC5186 510 (67' * DDD/DSD)

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Prokofiev's Third Piano Concerto has never been more popular but for her second concerto collaboration on disc the young Armenian-born Nareh Arghamanyan has come up with a refreshingly individual take on the piece, soft-grained, spacious and full of colour. Eschewing the volcanic knockabout of Denis Matsuev, she also sidesteps the cooler nonchalance which, for me at least, makes Jean-Efflam Bavouzet's reading one of the less compelling entries in his complete cycle. Whether self-consciously bubbly or dreamily withdrawn, Arghamanyan's pointing of line is intensely individual, always super-articulate and without percussiveness. Granted, the lack of forward momentum won't please everyone--the likes of William Kapell had different priorities--but she is greatly assisted by an up-and-coming maestro who has lately conducted The Love for Three Oranges at the Paris Opera. Audiophile sound helps too: her warm, deep-pile piano tone is set against an orchestral backdrop of unusual clarity and refinement. …

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