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Lynn René Bayley
Fanfare, January 2015

In praising this music, I am by default praising the playing of pianist Ayrapetyan, whose style is so wonderfully musical yet self-effacing that attention is always drawn to the composer.

Bagdasarian’s music is certainly worth exploring, as is the pianism of Ayrapetyan. As for violinist Sergeev, he possesses a light, sweet tone which is perfectly apropos to these scores. The sonics are clear, with just enough space around the musicians. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review




Colin Clarke
International Piano, January 2015

Mikael Ayrapetyan makes the best possible case for this music, enshrined in a fine recording. © 2015 International Piano



Steve Arloff
MusicWeb International, September 2014

This was an altogether fascinating introduction to a composer who is almost unknown outside his native country. On the strength of this disc he deserves a great deal more exposure which this release will, I hope, help achieve. The sound is crisp and clear and the playing very good indeed. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, June 2014

Never seeking recognition outside of his native country, the 20th century Armenian composer, Eduard Ivanovich Bagdasarian, here makes a rare appearance on disc. Active in a very wide field of music from ballet to television background scores, he was also trained as a pianist, and much of his output was for the keyboard. Composed over the period 1951–58, the 24 Preludes follow the traditional pattern of a piece written in all of the major and minor keys. They are mainly cameos, some lasting just a few seconds, the final prelude being the most extended at three and a half minutes. Even in short time-spans he finds some catchy melodies…The Rhapsody in B minor was originally written for violin and orchestra and also became known as Armenian Rhapsody. Here performed in a version for violin and piano, the music seems to continue where the final prelude left off. Harmonies between the two instruments sometimes sound distinctly strange, the violin often decorating the piano part until they embark on a wild dance at the work’s central point. The Nocturne ends the disc in a romantic mood from yesteryear. From the composer’s home city of Yerevan, Mikael Ayrapetyan graduated in Moscow, his performances highly pleasing and of excellent clarity…Vladimir Sergeev…produces a nice tone. Excellent sound. © 2014 David’s Review Corner





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