Thursday 30 October 2014

Nareh Arghamanyan presents her new release



 

A few words from Nareh

Piano Concertos by Serge Prokofiev and Aram Khachaturian

"I was very happy to be back to record with Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin and Alain Altinoglu for my 3rd recording with Pentatone. 
 
Aram Khachaturian, Sergey Prokofiev and Dimitri Shostakovich belong to the infamous Triad of the 20th century Avant-garde „Formalist” composers. We choose Khachaturian and Prokofiev 3rd piano concertos to be recorded together, because they have many similarities to each other, not to mention the fact that they both admired each other greatly.
 
Another unusual experience for me was the presence of a rare musical instrument in Khachaturian piano concerto. In the 2nd movement, a flexatone steps in. The flexatone- is a percussion instrument from the idiophone family, which produces a tone by beating two wooden knobs against a flexible metal sheet. However, in this recording Alain and I have decided to replace the flexatone by a musical saw. This idea was partly based on Khachaturian’s original intention to achieve a much softer sound with the musical saw, which he was forced to abandon after failing to find a virtuoso player.
 
There were 3 days of intense and fun recording sessions, during which I broke a string on the piano and we had to wait almost a day for piano to recover and replace it.
 
I absolutely loved every minute of working together with Alain Altinoglu and the RSB, and it was not only easy and wonderful cooperation but also deep appreciation and respectful approach to the score in order to bring out the music in its right form and shape.
 
I hope my listeners will experience the scale of various human emotions which we went through while making this recording and enjoy it as much as we loved recording them.
 
Yours, Nareh"