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David Denton
David's Review Corner, March 2014

Born in 1921 in Armenia, the name of Arno Babadjanian was little known in the Western world until the lifting of travel restrictions came at the end of the Cold War. Mainly working in the world of atonality, the disc opens in his student days with the three-movement Polyphonic Sonata. Completed in 1947 it is in that rather abrasive mood that was fashionable at the time, particularly so in the mass of disjointed notes that form the toccata finale. Little had changed by 1965 for the Six Pictures, save for the fact that he now seems to understand the aims of the twelve-tone technique. Each picture is quite short, the final Sassoun Dance following on from where the Sonata left off. The Poem must have presented many problems…with its massive mood swings and technical demands. Performed by the multi-award winning Armenian pianist, Hayk Melikyan, who proves that he is not only a dedicated advocate, but also a very nimble fingered exponent. The sound of the Armenian recording is very good. © 2014 David’s Review Corner



Rob Barnett
MusicWeb International, February 2014

Here is more extremely good and fulfilling work done by Grand Piano with a well documented and recorded recital played to the manner born by Hayk Melikyan. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review






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