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The Return: Sergei Rachmaninoff - Arno Babadjanian

Raffi Besalyan

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"A keyboard phenomenon that needs to be heard by everyone interested in pianists and the piano."
- Fanfare

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Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3  
1
No. 2. Prelude in C-Sharp Minor
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Raffi Besalyan
3:51
10 Preludes, Op. 23  
2
No. 5 in G Minor: Alla marcia
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Raffi Besalyan
3:52
3
No. 6 in E-Flat Major: Andante
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Raffi Besalyan
3:11
4
No. 7 in C Minor: Allegro
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Raffi Besalyan
2:54
13 Preludes, Op. 32  
5
No. 5 in G Major: Moderato
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Raffi Besalyan
3:07
6
No. 10 in B Minor: Lento
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Raffi Besalyan
4:41
7
No. 12 in G-Sharp Minor: Allegro
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Raffi Besalyan
2:43
Etudes-tableaux, Op. 33  
8
No. 6 in E-Flat Minor: Non allegro
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Raffi Besalyan
1:48
Etudes-tableaux, Op. 39  
9
No. 1 in C Minor: Allegro agitato
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Raffi Besalyan
3:36
10
No. 5 in E-Flat Minor: Appassionato
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Raffi Besalyan
5:04
11
No. 6 in A Minor: Allegro
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Raffi Besalyan
3:03
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42  
12
Theme: Andante
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Raffi Besalyan
0:57
13
Variation 1: Poco piu mosso
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Raffi Besalyan
0:39
14
Variation 2: L'istesso tempo
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Raffi Besalyan
0:32
15
Variation 3: Tempo di menuetto
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Raffi Besalyan
0:38
16
Variation 4: Andante
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Raffi Besalyan
1:00
17
Variation 5: Allegro (ma non tanto)
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Raffi Besalyan
0:22
18
Variation 6: L'istesso tempo
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Raffi Besalyan
0:24
19
Variation 7: Vivace
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Raffi Besalyan
0:27
20
Variation 8: Adagio misterioso
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Raffi Besalyan
0:58
21
Variation 9: Un poco piu mosso
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Raffi Besalyan
0:57
22
Variation 10: Allegro scherzando
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Raffi Besalyan
0:39
23
Variation 11: Allegro vivace
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Raffi Besalyan
0:25
24
Variation 12: L'istesso tempo
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Raffi Besalyan
0:35
25
Variation 13: Agitato
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Raffi Besalyan
0:32
26
Intermezzo
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Raffi Besalyan
1:19
27
Variation 14: Andante (come prima)
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Raffi Besalyan
0:58
28
Variation 15: L'istesso tempo
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Raffi Besalyan
1:18
29
Variation 16: Allegro vivace
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Raffi Besalyan
0:30
30
Variation 17: Meno mosso
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Raffi Besalyan
1:05
31
Variation 18: Allegro con brio
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Raffi Besalyan
0:36
32
Variation 19: Piu mosso, Agitato
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Raffi Besalyan
0:32
33
Variation 20: Piu mosso
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Raffi Besalyan
0:58
34
Coda: Andante
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Raffi Besalyan
1:31
35
Prelude
Arno Babadjanian; Raffi Besalyan
1:47
Melody and Humoresque  
36
Melody
Arno Babadjanian; Raffi Besalyan
2:10
37
Elegy
Arno Babadjanian; Raffi Besalyan
3:31
38
Vagarshapat Dance
Arno Babadjanian; Raffi Besalyan
2:14
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    65:24
"... stunning, intelligent playing and ripe, detailed sound: some of the best solo Rachmaninov I've heard recently."
- The Arts Desk

Armenian-born American pianist Raffi Besalyan pays homage to his homeland with this recording featuring Rachmaninoff’s B Minor Prelude, inspired by The Return, a painting by Arnold Böcklin. The work was a favourite of the composer for his own recitals and a reminder of his years in Russia. Similarly, the folk-inspired piano music of Arno Babajanian looks back to his native Armenia in music that mixes folk idioms with the virtuosic pianism of the Russian school. Besalyan brings their music together in this programme infused with warm memories, evocations of distant lands and reminders of earlier times.
PCM 352.8 kHz, 192 kHz / 24-bit, 96 kHz / 24-bit PCM and DSD 5.6448 MHz, 2.8224 MHz – Sono Luminus Studio Masters

Recorded at Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia — April 29-May 1, 2014
Producer: Dan Merceruio
Recording, Mixing & Mastering Engineer: Daniel Shores
Editing Engineers: Daniel Shores, Dan Merceruio
Photography: Strider Jordan
Graphic Design: Caleb Nei

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