By David Allenby
The Armenian-born composer Alexander Arutiunian died on 28 March aged 91 at his home in Yerevan. One of the major figures writing during the Soviet era, his Trumpet Concerto has remained one of the most popular in the 20th century repertoire, combining flamboyant technical effects with soulful melodic writing. Interpreters have ranged from Timofei Dokschitzer, through Maurice Andre to Alison Balsom who included it on her recent EMI disc.
Our thoughts are with the Arutunian family.