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Cat. No. CHAN 9668 Price: £10.5 No. of discs: 1
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CHAN 9668 - Bibi Black / Moscow Chamber / Orbelian - Soviet Trumpet Concertos
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Available From: 25 May 2000
Apart from a brief period of study in Moscow in the late 1940s, Arutiunian’s development as a creative artist was entirely associated with his native Armenia. His Trumpet Concerto dates from 1950 and, in keeping with the Soviet cultural policies of the time, the composer attempted to produce a work that reflected his own national culture. Written as a single continuous movement, it creates a vivid impression through a succession of sharply contrasting episodes. Arutiunian’s Variations for Trumpet and Orchestra consists of a theme, written in neo-classical style, and five variations. Most of the longer variations are of slower tempi, but are contrasted with the faster second variation with its hints ‘Bolero’ rhythm and the brilliant finale.

Pakhmutova was born in Stalingrad and studied at the Central Music School and later at the Moscow Conservatory. She has held positions of eminence in the Soviet hierarchy: Secretary to the Board of the USSR Union of Composers, People’s Artist of the USSR (1984) and member of the Presidium of the RFSFR Supreme Soviet (1985-90). The Trumpet Concerto was written while she was still at the Conservatory and is in a single movement. It is steeped in the neo-classical tradition which was seen in Soviet musical circles as an antidote to avant-garde tendencies.

Vainberg was born in Poland but during the Nazi occupation fled to the USSR. A prolific composer, especially in the world of the symphony and string quartet, he became increasingly drawn to the concerto style. The Trumpet Concerto is without doubt a highly distinctive work. Whilst adhering to the traditional three movements of the classical concerto (the last two are linked), the music unfolds like a psychological drama, and contains grotesque humour and tragedy.

‘Conductor Constantine Orbelian clearly understands that this is Grubert’s show, so he (and the Chandos engineers) allows the violinist to have centre stage to herself for the most part. When needed, though, the orchestra offers expressive and colourful support.
American Record Guide on CHAN 9615 (Prokofiev)

‘Constantine Orbelian and the Moscow Chamber Orchestra accompany with sensitivity and passion and give a splendid account of Arutiunian’s Sinfonietta’
The Strad on CHAN 9566 (Arutiunian)


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