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Alex Baran
The WholeNote, March 2016

The recording’s finest piece is, however, the Piano Sonata from 1961, one of Khachaturian’s few formal efforts in larger forms. The opening movement is breathtaking for its relentless motion that only has a brief respite midway through. Poghosyan plays this brilliantly and brings it to an edge-of-your-seat close. The second movement is remarkable for its unfamiliar and sometimes experimental language. The final movement brings back the energy of the first but with more intensity. This must be an exhausting piece to perform live. It is excitement combined with mystery and Poghosyan plays it masterfully. © 2016 The WholeNote Read complete review



John Bell Young
Fanfare, July 2015

[Poghosyan] is an exceptionally gifted artist who sports a larger-than-life technical apparatus and brings a comprehensive musical understanding to all she plays, admirable qualities that assure there will never be a dull moment. The sound quality of this CD is superb: warm, opulent, and inviting. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Stephen Estep
American Record Guide, July 2015

Poghosyan is best in the Poem, her performance both taut and fragrant. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Robert Nemecek
Piano News, May 2015

For Armenian pianist Kariné Poghosyan this music is a veritable home match. And she tackles it with devoted bravura. © 2015 Piano News




Frank Siebert
Fono Forum, May 2015

That these compositions, which often sound like movie soundtracks, come over so convincingly is to a good deal due to the pianist. Kariné Poghosyan has the necessary power for the huge sound-discharges this music brings … but also manages to bewitch with perfumed tones in the softer parts. © 2015 Fono Forum



Steve Arloff
MusicWeb International, April 2015

What really made an impression was the pianism of Kariné Poghosyan whose slight frame belies the power that she can unleash when necessary. Any lover of solo piano music cannot fail to find this disc a worthy and valuable addition to their library. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, March 2015

At ease in the most turbulent passages as well as when it comes to moving tenderness, Kariné Poghosyan’s is a great performer of this seldom heard, flamboyantly romantic repertoire. Her playing is full of passion, deep breath and she has obviously a great sense of dynamics that serves the music magnificently. © 2015 Pizzicato



David Denton
David's Review Corner, January 2015

Aram Khachaturian left a sizeable portfolio of piano works, the present disc covering both his original scores and arrangements from two of his popular ballets. Often ahead of his time, the opening Toccata points to the type of rhythms and repetition that would become part of the vocabulary of Minimalist composers twenty and more years later. It is one if those catchy tunes which abounded in his ballets, and here represented by the famous Adagio from the ballet Spartacus, and three excerpts from Masquerade. Central to the disc is the Piano Sonata from 1961, an abstract work that showed how much he wanted to be in the vanguard of modernism, but did not know how to do it, and in the busy finale he reverted to that energetic writing we find in parts of his symphonies. It certainly demands a pianist with an exceptional technique, the Armenian-born, Karine Poghosyan, playing this complex score with the utmost brilliance. There is a French input into the Poem, composed when he was twenty-four and still working in a style from the turn of the century, and in the two cameo pieces from the previous year. I would hope Poghosyan records more of the composer, as she is obviously a very fine advocate. © 2015 David’s Review Corner





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