"Despite the fact that their respective roots are in Armenian and American soils, Khachaturian and Gershwin both wrote melodically enticing material. Hear the former's “Sabre Dance” once, for instance, and it'll likely stay with you, and any number of Gershwin pieces, be it Rhapsody in Blue or songs such as “Embraceable You” and “The Man I Love,” similarly have the power to embed themselves permanently in one's memory. As a result, The Sound of Black & White not only distinguishes itself for fabulous interpretations by Besalyan but for its bounty of melodic riches. Works familiar and unfamiliar benefit from the formidable technical command this Associate Professor of Piano at Georgia State University in Atlanta demonstrates on the seventy-two-minute recording. Listening to his inspiring presentation of jazzy syncopation and rhapsodic splendour is a bonafide pleasure."
"The Sound of Black & White does much to affirm Besalyan's artistry as performer, interpreter, and curator, but it's also noteworthy for giving attention to Levant and Wild and recognizing the roles they played in music history. The recording likewise serves as a reminder of Gershwin's special gifts, but don't be surprised if you also find yourself reappraising and newly appreciating Khachaturian as a composer when the album's finished."
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