Cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan Captivates at Strathmore Mansion

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By Cecelia Porter

BETHESDA, Md. (Washington Post) — The Strathmore Mansion on Thursday was chock full of patrons (including cellists and other string players) to hear the 23-year-old Armenian cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan give a phenomenal account of some musical thrillers by Cesar Franck, Frederic Chopin, Dmitri Shostakovich and Mstislav Rostropovich. Franck’s late Sonata in A, the evening’s opener, and Shostakovich’s Sonata in D minor, Opus 40, call on every dimension of a performer’s technique and expressive means.

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