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Roy Westbrook
MusicWeb International, June 2016

…an appealing disc. …at the very least, Besalyan is an artist who does justice to each of these works, and those unfamiliar Babajanian morsels are an appetising addition. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Jed Distler
ClassicsToday.com, April 2016

…Raffi Besalyan’s formidable, assured technique and rich, varied sonority serves Rachmaninov well. The authority and sweep that he brings to the C-sharp minor Prelude’s central climactic section is a case in point, along with the G minor Op. 23 Prelude’s rhythmic swagger and beautifully arched inner voices. © 2016 ClassicsToday.com Read complete review



Graham Rickson
The Arts Desk, June 2015

Stunning, intelligent playing and ripe, detailed sound—some of the best solo Rachmaninov I’ve heard recently. © 2015 The Arts Desk Read complete review




Lawrence D. Devoe
Blu-rayDefinition.com, June 2015

The Return is simply superb pianism in the grand manner that recalls such eminent Russian virtuosos as Sviatislov Richter and Emil Gilels. This is one of the best-recorded piano recitals that I have heard recently and one that should delight those who love the piano repertory. Highly recommended. © 2015 Blu-rayDefinition.com Read complete review




John Miller
SA-CD.net, May 2015

…excellent technical control with clean articulation, a passionate approach and a sensible approach to tempi. © 2015 SA-CD.net Read complete review



Gavin Dixon
Classical CD Reviews, May 2015

discipline and clarity are as evident as emotional engagement in Besalyan’s playing… © 2015 Classical CD Reviews Read complete review





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