The Return (2015)

RACHMANINOFF, Babadjanian

Raffi Besalyan

The Return
Thoughts of home dominate much of the music Raffi Besalyan performs here. Rachmaninoff’s “B-Minor Prelude” was inspired by The Return, a painting by Arnold Böcklin, and although it was written before his emigration the work was a constant companion in his exile, a favorite for his own recitals and a reminder of his years in Russia. Similarly, the folk-inspired piano music of Arno Babajanian recalls a distant homeland. Based in Moscow for much of his adult life, Babajanian looked back to his native Armenia in music that mixed the folk idioms of his people with the virtuosic pianism of the Russian school. And now Besalyan, an Armenian pianist based in the United States, brings their music together in a program infused with warm memories, evocations of far off places, and reminders of earlier times.

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Raffi Besalyan

Armenian-born American pianist Raffi Besalyan made his formal New York debut in Carnegie Hall after winning the Artists International Competition, and was subsequently invited to perform at Merkin Concert Hall on the Artists International “Outstanding Alumni-Winners” series. Most recently Besalyan made his Chicago debut in famed Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center as the featured Guest Artist for the Chicago International Music Festival and was also interviewed by Wisconsin Public Radio’s Norman Gilliland on “The Midday”. Raffi Besalyan has established an international reputation as a magnetic and passionate performer. Active as a recitalist, orchestral soloist, and chamber musician, Besalyan appears in many important music venues worldwide. Critics on both sides of the Atlantic have praised his performances for their virility, poetry and extraordinary technical command. Photo: Strider Jordan
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The Return (2015)

RACHMANINOFF, Babadjanian

Raffi Besalyan

Mastering Engineer: Daniel Shores
Mastering Room: Legacy Audio
Producer: Dan Merceruio
Recording Engineer: Daniel Shores
Recording location: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia
Recording Software: Merging
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1.
Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3
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10 Preludes, Op. 23 - No. 5 in G Minor - Alla marcia
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10 Preludes, Op. 23 - No. 6 in E-Flat Major - Andante
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10 Preludes, Op. 23 - No. 7 in C Minor - Allegro
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13 Preludes, Op. 32 - No. 5 in G Major - Moderato
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13 Preludes, Op. 32 - No. 10 in B Minor - Lento
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13 Preludes, Op. 32 - No. 12 in G-Sharp Minor - Allegro
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Etudes-tableaux, Op. 33 - No. 6 in E-Flat Minor - Non allegro
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Etudes-tableaux, Op. 39 - No. 1 in C Minor - Allegro agitato
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Etudes-tableaux, Op. 39 - No. 5 in E-Flat Minor - Appassionato
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Etudes-tableaux, Op. 39 - No. 6 in A Minor - Allegro
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Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 - Theme - Andante
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Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 - Variation 1 - Poco piu mosso
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Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 - Variation 2 - L'istesso tempo
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Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 - Variation 3 - Tempo di menuetto
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Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 - Variation 4 - Andante
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Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 - Variation 5 - Allegro (ma non tanto)
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Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 - Variation 6 - L'istesso tempo
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Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 - Variation 7 - Vivace
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Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 - Variation 8 - Adagio misterioso
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Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 - Variation 9 - Un poco piu mosso
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Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 - Variation 10 - Allegro scherzando
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Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 - Variation 11 - Allegro vivace
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Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 - Variation 12 - L'istesso tempo
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Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 - Variation 13 - Agitato
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Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 - Intermezzo
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Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 - Variation 14 - Andante (come prima)
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Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 - Variation 15 - L'istesso tempo
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Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 - Variation 16 - Allegro vivace
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Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 - Variation 17 - Meno mosso
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Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 - Variation 18 - Allegro con brio
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Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 - Variation 19 - Piu mosso, Agitato
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Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 - Variation 20 - Piu mosso
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Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 - Coda - Andante
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Prelude
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Melody and Humoresque
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Elegy
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Vagarshapat Dance
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