Young Armenian violinist performs Sibelius

Sergey Khachatryan's playing needs a bit more light and shade, but for all that, it’s already something special

Composer: Sibelius and Khachaturian
Repertoire: Violin Concertos
Artists: Sergey Khachatryan (violin); Sinfonia Varsovia/Krivine
Rating: 4/5
Genre: Instrumental
Label: Naïve V 4959

Khachatryan is more than virtuosic enough wherever needed, and he can spin and sustain a wonderful line in passages like the Sibelius concerto’s slow movement. His way with Khachaturian’s lovely concerto, too, is a model of unflashy musicianship. The accompaniments are classy, albeit a tad bland.