Artist: Tigran Mansurian
Title: Quasi parlando
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2014
Duration: 01:02:30
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: ECM

“Quasi Parlando” is an important addition to ECM’s documentation of the work of Tigran Mansurian, an often breathtaking account of highly original contemporary chamber orchestra music. Issued in the wake of his 75th birthday, the album opens with the Armenian composer’s fiercely-concentrated Double Concerto, and proceeds to new music performed by its dedicatees: the lyrical Romance, dedicated to Moldavian violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, and the intensely expressive Quasi Parlando, dedicated to German cellist Anja Lechner. Both are world premiere recordings, as is the Concerto No 2, subtitled Four Serious Songs, which concludes the programme. Throughout, the soloists deliver committed performances, as does the Amsterdam Sinfonietta under the direction of Candida Thompson.


  1. Double Concerto: I. Largo concentrando – 13:09
  2. Double Concerto: II. Largo sostenuto – 9:38
  3. Romance – 9:24
  4. Quasi parlando – 8:00
  5. Concerto No. 2 "Four Serious Songs": I. Andante con moto – 6:20
  6. Concerto No. 2 "Four Serious Songs": II. Andante mosso, agitato – 7:44
  7. Concerto No. 2 "Four Serious Songs": III. Allegro vivace – 1:08
  8. Concerto No. 2 "Four Serious Songs": IV. Con moto, molto semplice – 7:10