The April issue of Gramophone Magazine features a review for Gevorg Hakobyan, Constantine Orbelian, John Fisher, and the Kaunas City Symphony’s Arias of Love & Sorrow:
“Gevorg Hakobyan is a name new to me but, as this album suggests, he is clearly a fine singer: a dramatic baritone with a grand, powerful voice – smooth, open-grained and imposing – and a grand, powerful manner to match it. … There’s a heartfelt passion to his Aleko, and the Prince Igor aria builds up a real dramatic momentum. The Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky arias are no less involving, with the latter showing Hakobyan’s gift for vivid storytelling. And there’s no resisting the big-hearted pride that he brings to the Armenian numbers… there’s much to enjoy in this impressive showcase of a powerful, persuasive singer.”—Hugo Shirley, Gramophone
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