"[Gabrielian] has all of the technique to make the difficulties vanish as she brings the musical lines to the fore. She captures the essence of each dance movement. There is also plenty of power and excitement here, in the final movements especially. I cannot remember enjoying a disc more, and this will remain on my active listening stack for quite some time."
- American Record Guide
"Tanya Gabrielian is phenomenal... Her Bach performances are supremely beautiful and inspired, getting to the inner truth of these transcriptions."
- Audio Club of Atlanta
"Sit back, relax, and let your spirit soar. I’ve been waiting for an album like this...The performances are transcendent, idiomatic, and, simply, gorgeous."
- Audiophile Audition
"An intensely personal statement, probably more so than just about any available recording of music that Bach composed."
- The Rehearsal Studio
Remix: Bach Transcriptions is dedicated to Tanya's experience as a teenager in London after a martial arts injury resulted in a month-long stay in hospital and two operations. Tanya took comfort in the recordings of Bach’s unaccompanied works during her hospitalization, which was the first time that she was able to focus on the experience of music, rather than the highly-focused practice that she had been so immersed.
The album features new and rarely heard transcriptions of Bach: the infamous Chaconne, transcribed by Alexander Siloti, a new version of the third Violin Sonata in C Major, transcribed by J.S. Bach, Camille Saint-Saëns, and Arturo Cardelús, Andante from Violin Sonata in A Minor, transcribed by Siloti, and the second Cello Suite in D Minor, transcribed by Leopold Godowsky.
Remix was CD of the Week for WCRB Boston, Album of the Week for KUSC Los Angeles and KDFC San Francisco, and a New Release Pick for WFMT Chicago. It is available for purchase on Bandcamp, and streaming on Amazon, Apple Music, and Spotify.
Stolen continues Tanya's fascination with piano transcriptions, branching away from J.S. Bach to more romantic repertoire.
Liszt's transcription from Handel's opera Almira opens the program, followed by a transcription of Marcello's Oboe Concerto by Johann Sebastian Bach. Tanya put together a new transcription of Pablo de Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen, and the album ends with Gershwin's own arrangement of his beloved Rhapsody in Blue.
Tanya's first album features repertoire from a wide variety of composers in a recital format. The program begins with Bartok's Out of Doors Suite, an exploration of the sounds of Hungarian village life and sounds from nature. Handel's Chaconne in G Major brings the listener back to a harmonious sound world. Delicate sounds of the outdoors come back with Bakakirev's transcription of Glinka's The Lark. The recital ends with Rachmaninov's neglected Piano Sonata No. 1 in D Minor. The sonata traces the legend of Faust through the three movements: the first depicts Faust himself, the second Margarita, and the third the witches' flight to Brocken, Walpurgis Night, and Mephistopheles.
Tanya met Arturo Cardelús in London, while both were studying piano at the Royal Academy of Music. Since then, Arturo has ventured into composition, and he has worked both in the concert and film genres. His music has been performed by the Berlin Philharmonic Soloists and Gideon Kremer's Kremerata Baltica, and has contributed to movies including The Paperboy and Chiamatemi Francesco.
Tanya recorded Arturo's complete works for piano, crossing genres, ranging from his turbulent Piano Sonata to the easy sounds of Prayer.
Tanya collaborates with Helena Baillie, violinist and violist, on her debut album, recorded at the acclaimed Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.
The album opens with Lukas Foss's bright Capriccio, followed by the seductive Romance by Dvořák. Rarely heard on the viola, Stravinsky's Suite Italienne is featured in an arrangement by Paul Silverthorne. Schumann's Violin Sonata No. 1 in A Minor follows the transcription, and the album finishes with two Songs Without Words by Mendelssohn.