Delightful review of Besalyan's CD "The Sound of Black & White" in American Record Guide (November/December 2021):
“…piece that will stand out for collectors is Levant’s three-movement Sonatina completed in 1932; this is its world premiere recording…It’s a gem of a discovery, with an impertinent, brash, down-and-dirty feel.”
“…all [Khachaturian] played, of course, with molto affection.”
“…you are going to enjoy this swinging Gershwin romp [Rhapsody in Blue]—especially in the convincing hands of Raffi Besalyan. The Preludes are also a delight, and the Wild arrangements about as good as it gets. Excellent sound and informative notes make this a most attractive proposition, and the Levant will clinch it for most of us who still remember.”
ALAN BECKER for AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE
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