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Armenian Chamber Music

La Scena Musicale
May 1, 2010

★★★★★
...La longue Élégie de Serouj Kradjian par laquelle il évoque et commémore le tremblement de terre qui a secoué son pays en 1988 émeut par sa sincérité...
Alexandre Lazaridès - La Scena Musicale

Le Devoir
March 26, 2010

L'Ensemble Amici interprète des œuvres chambristes arméniennes, souvent très nostalgiques: ces compositions de Babadjanian, Kradjian, Ganatchian, Khatchatourian et Aroutounian seront une belle découverte pour mélomanes curieux qui n'ont pas peur du vague à l'âme.
Christophe Huss - Le Devoir

The Toronto Star
March 23, 2010

★★★ 1/2 (out of 4)
With plucked strings ticking off the seconds and the eerie presence of a clarinet’s quiet plaint, the piano strikes off 11 clangorous chimes that wake the “Restive Souls” in Toronto pianist-composer Serouj Kradjian’s atmospherically dramatic new piece at the centre of Amici’s latest album. Kradjian, the pianist on this journey, is part of a remarkable chamber ensemble founded by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s velvet-toned principal clarinettist, Joaquin Valdepeñas, and associate principal cellist David Hetherington. On this disc, devoted to the music of Armenian composers, they are joined by Canadian Opera Company Orchestra assistant concertmaster Benjamin Bowman and soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian (as well as three other notable local cellists) in brilliantly played, deeply felt music that errs on the side of melancholy. There are other treats on this generous album, including two dramatically charged trios by Arno Babadjanian and Aram Khachaturian, and a gorgeous lullaby, “Oror,” sung by Bayrakdarian. Brilliant.
John Terauds - The Toronto Star