Charlene Farrugia has recorded piano works by Aram Khachaturian on Grand Piano

The Maltese pianist Charlene Farrugia dedicates herself to the piano works of the Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian in a highly listenable new recording for the Grand Piano label (distributed by Naxos). Farrugia studied with Dolores Amodio and Diana Ketler at the Royal Academy of Music in London. For many years she was taught by Boris Petrushansky, further to which, the pianist and musicologist completed her doctorate under Kenneth Hamilton with a thesis on left-hand piano repertoire. In 2018, she received the Malta International Achievement Award and was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2020. As an Ambassador of EMMA (Euro Mediterranean Music Academy) under the auspices of UNESCO, she is currently an adjunct lecturer at the Juraj Dobrila Music Academy University of Pula in Croatia.

The selection of piano works by Khachaturian covers a large period of his life. The Seven Recitatives and Fugues for solo piano, which Khachaturian revised again between 1966 and 1970, date from 1928/29. The largest part of the new CD is taken up by the two volumes of Khachaturian’s Children’s Album for piano. 

Khachaturian’s Children’s Album has long been a classic of the repertoire. In the “Pictures of Childhood”, which have also been published in print by Sikorski (SIK 2144), he lets pianists, young and old, go for a little walk. There is a musical consolation for the sick Ljado as well some wild “riding”. It is just as good fun to listen to the “Two Chattering Aunts” from the “Sounds of Childhood”, also available in print (SIK 2166). In this cycle there is also an opportunity to imagine a “Leopard on the Swing”, to whom Khachaturian dedicates a piano portrait.  And of course there are many pieces here based on the folklore of Khachaturian’s homeland.

The two volumes have featured in the catalogues of the Sikorski publishing houses since 1971. A new, edited edition has recently become available, which sets completely new standards, especially in the notation.  The systems are clearly arranged on the pages, and the playing instructions and fingerings have been completely revised and more clearly integrated into the musical text than before. All of the Russian-language dynamic indications from the first publication have been translated. In addition, the typeface has been adapted to the conditions of balanced articulation. As small genre pieces in concert, in lessons and as daily playing literature, the “Images and Sounds of Childhood” are eminently appropriate.

About the CD:
Aram Khachaturian:
Recitatives and Fugues / Children's Album Volume 1 and Volume 2 for Piano
Charlene Farrugia, Cl.
Grand Piano GP834

About the printed editions:
Aram Khachaturian: Children’s Album Volume 1 (SIK 2144)
Aram Khachaturian: Children’s Album Volume 2 (SIK 2166)

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