Week in Review: Pogossian mesmerizes in Armenian chamber works; Bordignon’s eloquent Bach

Performance of Brahms’ “String Quartet No. 2” at Sunday’s Dilijan concert. Clockwise from top left: Varty Manouelian, Clive Greensmith, Paul Coletti, and Movses Pogossian. (Photo credit: Néstor Castiglione)
Busy week for concerts last week. (My review of Tuesday’s Piano Spheres recital will appear next Thursday.) Two of the most memorable of the season occurred over the weekend. 

Harpsichordist Paolo Bordignon treated the audience at the Huntington Library’s Rothenberg Hall to a performance of eloquent innigkeit of  J. S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations last Saturday. 

[His] performance was a quiet marvel of concentration that allowed the listener to relish the details of each variation without sacrificing architectural control. The result was of a kaleidoscopic mosaic, with each variation a dazzling piece that tells on its own as well as part of a whole. 

Impressive as well was the closing concert of Dilijan’s season. The work that opened the program—the thorny Sonata for Solo Violin by Adam Khodoyan—was a revelation. 

The fascinating post-Shostakovichian expressiveness and declamatory power of Adam Khudoyan’s Sonata for Solo Violin from 1981 […] served up anger and rage, seemingly pacing restlessly […] which [violinist Movses] Pogossian brought to life with arresting precision and emotional intensity.

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