Arutiunian Violin Concerto, Concertino for Piano, Sinfonietta

Ilya Grubert, violin
Narine Arutiunian, piano
Constantine Orbelian
Moscow Chamber Orchestra

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra / 22:22
Sinfonietta / 15:17
Concertino for Piano and Orchestra / 14:52

Alexander Arutiunian is among the most important of twentieth-century Armenian composers. His artistic credo began to take shape in the late 1940s and early 1950s, and was consolidated during the 1960s. Despite the principles which he shares with the older generation, in particular the polyphony of Komitas, the orchestral style of Spendiarov, and the harmony of Aram Khachaturian, Arutiunian focuses his attention on the vital aspect of music. Vitalism interests him as a manifestation of the elemental principle of the art, as a method of recreating the nature of folklore melodies and rhythms, and as a reflection of the art of interplay. No less important for Arutiunian is the emotional aspect of music. The various gradations of nostalgia, irony -- all give his music an inimitable novelty. This can be felt above all in his slow music with its long, linear melodies.

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