Aram Khachaturian

Biography

Born: 1903   Died: 1978   Country: Russia   Period: 20th Century
Although he was indicted (along with Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and a number of other prominent Soviet musicians) for "formalism," in the infamous Zhdanov decree of 1948, Aram Khachaturian was, for most of his long career, one of the Soviet musical establishment's most prized representatives. Born into an Armenian family, in Tbilisi, in 1903, Khachaturian's musical identity formed slowly, and, although a tuba player in his school band and a Read more self-taught pianist, he wanted to be a biologist, and did not study music formally until entering Moscow's Gnesin Music Academy (as a cellist) in 1922. His considerable musical talents soon manifested themselves, and by 1925 he was studying composition privately with Gnesin himself. In 1929, Khachaturian joined Miaskovsky's composition class at the Moscow Conservatory. Khachaturian graduated in 1934, and before the completion, in 1937, of his postgraduate studies, the successful premieres of such works as the Symphony No. 2 in A Minor "With a Bell" (1935) and, especially, the Piano Concerto in D flat Major (1936) established Khachaturian as the leading Soviet composer of his generation. During the vicious government-sponsored attacks, in 1948, on the Soviet Composers' Union (in which Khachaturian, an active member since 1937, also held an administrative function) Khachaturian took a great deal of criticism. However, although he was officially censured for employing modernistic, politically incorrect musical techniques which fostered an "anti-people art," Khachaturian's music contained few, if any, of the objectionable traits found in the music of some of his more adventuresome colleagues. In retrospect, it was most likely Khachaturian's administrative role in the Union, perceived by the government as a bastion of politically incorrect music, and not his music as such, which earned him a place on the black list of 1948. Nevertheless, Khachaturian made a very full and humble apology for his artistic "errors" following the Zhdanov decree; his musical style, however, underwent no changes. Khachaturian joined the composition faculty of the Moscow Conservatory and the Gnesin Academy in 1950, and that same year he made his debut as a conductor. During the years until his death in 1978 Khachaturian made frequent European conducting appearances, and in January of 1968 he made a culturally significant trip to Washington, D.C., conducting the National Symphony Orchestra in a program of his own works. Khachaturian's characteristic musical style draws on the melodic and rhythmic vitality of Armenian folk music. Although not adverse to sharp dissonance, Khachaturian never strayed from a basically diatonic musical language. The Piano Concerto and the Violin Concerto in D Minor are truly Romantic works, virtuosic, clear, and unaffectedly expressive, remaining therefore popular and frequently performed composition. Of course, many neither of these works matches the popularity of the famous "Sabre Dance" from the ballet Gayane, which made Khachaturian a household name during World War II. His other works include film scores, songs, piano pieces, and chamber music. The degree of Khachaturian's success as a Soviet composer can be measured by his many honors, which include the 1941 Lenin Prize, for the Violin Concerto, the 1959 Stalin Prize, for the ballet Spartacus, and the title, awarded in 1954, of People's Artist. Read less
Khachaturian: Symphony No 2, Etc / Jarvi, Royal Scottish
Release Date: 10/28/1992   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 8945   Number of Discs: 1
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Khachaturian: Symphony No 3, Etc / Glushchenko, Bbc Phil
Release Date: 01/24/1995   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9321   Number of Discs: 1
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Khachaturian: Violin Concerto, Etc / Mordkovitch, Wallfisch
Release Date: 05/21/2002   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9866   Number of Discs: 1
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An Introduction To Aram Khachaturian
Release Date: 09/19/2006   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 2023   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Piano in D flat major

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  • 1.
    William Kapell - Complete Recordings 1944-1953
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 5431362 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Robert Schumann,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  William Kapell,  Jascha Heifetz,  William Primrose,  Edmund Kurtz
    Conductor:  William Steinberg,  Fritz Reiner,  Serge Koussevitzky,  Antal Doráti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robin Hood Dell Orchestra of Philadelphia,  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Dallas Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 2.
    Aram Khachaturian - Composer, Pianist, Conductor
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 4100 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian
    Performer:  Antonín Jemelík,  Svyatoslav Knushevitsky,  Leonid Kogan,  Aram Khachaturian
    Conductor:  Aram Khachaturian,  Alois Klima,  Alexander Gauk
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 3.
    Boris Berezovsky - The Teldec Recordings
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 2564664684 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Leopold Godowsky,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Boris Berezovsky
    Conductor:  Hugh Wolff,  Kurt Masur,  Dmitry Liss,  Eliahu Inbal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Ural State Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 4.
    Khachaturian: Piano Concerto; Violin Concerto
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 27890 Release Date: 08/10/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian
    Performer:  Mindru Katz,  Cristina Ortiz,  David Oistrakh
    Conductor:  Aram Khachaturian,  Sir Adrian Boult,  Alfred Newman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Dresden Philharmonic -  Legendary Masterworks Recordings
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 184522 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Johannes Brahms,  Aram Khachaturian,  Gerhard Rosenfeld  ... 
    Performer:  Mirka Pokorná,  Gustav Schmahl,  Annerose Schmidt,  Nelson Freire
    Conductor:  Heinz Bongartz,  Horst Förster,  Kurt Masur,  Günther Herbig  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
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    William Kapell - Unissued Broadcasts
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1109 Release Date: 07/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Aram Khachaturian
    Performer:  William Kapell
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 7.
    Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3; Khachaturian: Piano Concerto; Shostakovich: Three Preludes
    Label: Naxos Historical   Catalog: 911339 Release Date: 02/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Aram Khachaturian
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    Tchaikovsky, Khachaturian: Piano Concertos / Berezovsky
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 63074 Release Date: 07/18/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Aram Khachaturian
    Performer:  Boris Berezovsky
    Conductor:  Dmitry Liss
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ural State Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 9.
    Original Masters - Moura Lympany
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4756368 Release Date: 03/01/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Aram Khachaturian
    Performer:  Moura Lympany
    Conductor:  Anthony Collins,  Anatole Fistoulari
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra of London,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 10.
    The Art Of Alicia De Larrocha
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000018002 Release Date: 06/10/2003   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Antonio Soler,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Isaac Albeniz  ... 
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
    Conductor:  Lawrence Foster,  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos,  Sergiu Comissiona,  Charles Dutoit  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 11.
    Legendary Treasures - Pnina Salzman Vol 1
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7828 Release Date: 03/04/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian,  César Franck,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Paul Ben-Haim  ... 
    Performer:  Pnina Salzman
    Conductor:  Anatole Fistoulari,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  David Shallon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Amadeus String Quartet members
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  • 12.
    Platinum - Khachaturian: Piano Concerto, Gayaneh Suite, Etc
    Label: Asv   Catalog: 8510 Release Date: 08/27/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian
    Performer:  Dora Serviarian-Kuhn
    Conductor:  Loris Tjeknavorian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 13.
    Rota: Piano Concerto;  Khachaturian: Piano Concerto /Girotto
    Label: Lindoro   Catalog: 101 Release Date: 07/25/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nino Rota,  Aram Khachaturian
    Performer:  Ana Claudia Girotto
    Conductor:  Elena Herrera
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cordoba Orchestra
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  • 14.
    William Kapell Edition Vol 4 - Khachaturian, Prokofiev
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 68993 Release Date: 02/08/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Aram Khachaturian
    Performer:  William Kapell
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti,  Serge Koussevitzky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3107 Release Date: 11/01/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian
    Performer:  Mirka Pokorná
    Conductor:  Jiri Belohlávek,  Bohumil Cipera,  Vladimír Válek
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    William Kapell Edition
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 68442 Release Date: 09/29/1998   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Robert Schumann,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  William Kapell,  Jascha Heifetz,  William Primrose,  Edmund Kurtz
    Conductor:  William Steinberg,  Fritz Reiner,  Serge Koussevitzky,  Antal Doráti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robin Hood Dell Orchestra of Philadelphia,  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Dallas Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 17.
    Khachaturian: Piano Concerto, Violin Concerto, Etc
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 448252 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian
    Performer:  John Georgiadis,  Ruggiero Ricci,  Alicia De Larrocha
    Conductor:  Aram Khachaturian,  Stanley Black,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 18.
    Khachaturian: Piano Concerto, Etc / Yablonskaya, Yablonsky
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550799 Release Date: 04/29/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian
    Performer:  Oxana Yablonskaya
    Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
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  • 19.
    Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No 3;  Khachaturian / Kapell
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1027 Release Date: 06/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  William Kapell
    Conductor:  Frank Black,  Sir Ernest MacMillan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra,  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
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  • 20.
    Khachaturian, Prokofiev: Piano Concertos / Atamian, Schwarz
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3155 Release Date: 05/03/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Aram Khachaturian
    Performer:  Dickran Atamian
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Khachaturian, Prokofiev, Shostakovich: Concertos / Pierce
    Label: Phoenix Usa   Catalog: 117 Release Date: 05/05/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Aram Khachaturian
    Performer:  Joshua Pierce
    Conductor:  Paul Freeman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovenian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Khatchaturian: Piano Concerto, Etc / Orbelian, Järvi
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8542 Release Date: 09/30/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian
    Performer:  Constantine Orbelian
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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