Here is a great review of Raffi Besalyan’s CD The Return on Classical CD Reviews. com from the UK by Gavin Dixon.
“The music of Rachmaninov is clearly dear to Armenian pianist Raffi Besalyan’s heart. This is his second album, after the 2012 Dance, Drama, Decadence, and while both programmes are mixed, both are dominated by Rachmaninov. This time round we hear a selection of preludes (from opp. 3, 23 and 32), Etudes-Tableaux and the Correlli Variations. They are popular works all, and well represented on disc, but Besalyan more than justifies his survey with playing that is passionate and involving – plenty of drama and plenty of poetry – but which is also precise, disciplined and intelligently paced throughout.” Click here to read the entire review.
Raffi Besalyan’s newest CD, “The Return” (Sono Luminus) featuring solo works of Sergei Rachmaninoff and Arno Babajanian is now available worldwide.
In this video Raffi Besalyan talks about his album, his love of Rachmaninoff and thoughts of home.
This concert features well-known audience favorites in both classical and jazz. The Rhapsody in Blue is one of the most popular of all American concert works. Besalyan will perform George Gershwin’s own glorious arrangement of the Rhapsody for piano solo, as well as Gershwin’s ever popular Three Preludes. He will also perform works by Rachmaninoff, Kapustin and Armenian composers Komitas, Baghdassarian and Babajanian.
This concert will take place on March 28, 2015 at 7:30 PM at Peace United Church in Santa Cruz, CA. For more information click here.
Raffi Besalyan’s new CD, “The Return” for Sono Luminus label is distributed by Naxos, and it is now available for pre-order on iTunes, Amazon.com. The album is also featured on HDtracks.com with an exclusive offer in full 352.8 resolution as well as 192kHz and 96kHz! ”The Return” consists of Rachmaninoff’s select Preludes, Etudes-Tableaux and magnificent Corelli Variations. Also on the disc are beautiful miniatures by the Armenian composer Arno Babajanian. The official release date is March 31, 2015.
Come hear Raffi Besalyan play George Gershwin’s own exciting arrangement of Rhapsody in Blue for solo piano and more on the Faculty Artist Series at Georgia State University in Atlanta. This performance will take place at Kopleff Recital Hall on February 22 at 3 PM.
Asbury University’s next Artist Series will take place on Friday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Akers Auditorium and will feature concert pianist Dr. Raffi Besalyan.
“Dr. Besalyan has a glorious touch on the piano and has acquired a dazzling technique, yet he plays with such grace, elegance, and refinement that seem to be beyond description.” ~ Dr. Don Zent, professor of piano at Asbury and chair of the Artist Series Committee
“Pianist Raffi Besalyan presented the Pro Musica audience with a lavish smorgasbord of 21 piano works, some of them well-known, but the majority were experienced by us for the first time. Judging from the reaction and post-concert comments by audience members, it was a terrific evening.”
“The maniacal Mephisto Waltz # 1 by Liszt closed the program. Its technical difficulties were negotiated with aplomb, but what a jaw-dropper! … it is so much fun, and it displays a pianist’s exceptional skills. Raffi Besalyan has a surfeit of them, stamina and strength foremost in this opus.”
“What a glorious evening this was!” To read the full review click here.
Raffi Besalyan will make his Atlanta appearance with neoPhonia New Music Ensemble at 8 PM on September 30 in Kopleff Recital Hall at Georgia State University. He will also perform on the Faculty Artist Series at 8 PM on October 14. This performance will also take place at Kopleff Recital Hall.