Two Souls - Khachaturian | Barber
Released: Dec 2010
Halfway through his 20s, Russian violinist Mikhail Simonyan had already debuted under Leonard Slatkin and been lauded by The New York Times. His debut on Deutsche Grammophon is conceptually tied to his biographical bridge between the U.S. and Russia, making an interesting coupling. Simonyan's performances of both Khachaturian and Barber are relaxed and confident, but the Khachaturian seems to resonate more. It also holds the record's greatest thrill: a deeply spiritual new cadenza by Armenian composer Artur Avanesov.