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Khachaturian: Piano Works

Khachaturian: Piano Works

by Iyad SughayerIyad Sughayer

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Except for the "Toccata" that concludes this program, a fine technical exercise, the piano music of Aram Khachaturian is not much played, at least not outside the former Soviet orbit. It lacks the orchestration aspect that is the single most attractive feature of Khachaturian's music, and it changed little in style over four decades. This said, pianist Iyad Sughayer has an affinity for Khachaturian that results in attractive performances. He dispatches the "Toccata"'s technical challenges without trouble, but even better, he has an instinct for balancing the virtuoso and the nationalistic elements in Khachaturian's music. The fusion is deeper in Bartók than it is in Khachaturian, but Sughayer catches the polish and elegance of the late "Piano Sonata" (1961) and "Sonatina" (1959). Another attraction is half of the "Children's Album," a work that ought to find a wider audience for teaching purposes. Add in excellent sound from BIS, at an auditorium at Britain's Chetham's School, which captures Sughayer's sharp, percussive sound. An impressive debut that makes a strong case for this repertory.

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Release Date: 11/01/2019
Label: Bis
UPC: 7318599924366
catalogNumber: 2436
Rank: 16834


  1. Piano Sonata in E flat major

    1. I. Allegro vivace
    2. II. Andante tranquillo - Allegro ma non troppo
    3. III. Allegro assai - Pesante maestoso, ma a tempo - Grandioso - Prestissimo - Poco sostenuto
  2. Waltz-Etude, for piano
  3. Dance for piano in G minor
  4. Children's Album Book 1, for piano

    1. Andantino
    2. No Walk Today
    3. Lyado is seriously ill
    4. Birthday
    5. Étude
    6. Musical Picture
    7. Invention (Adagio from Gayaneh)
    8. Fugue
    9. The Cavalry
    10. In Folk Style
  5. Poem, for piano in C sharp minor
  6. Piano Sonatina in C major

    1. I. Allegro giocoso
    2. II. Andante con anima, rubato
    3. III. Allegro mosso
  7. Toccata for piano in E flat minor

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