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: Symphonic Highlights From Gayane, Spartacus, Masquerade
Release Date: 01/11/2011   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28640   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Sabre Dance

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    James Galway: The Complete Rca Album Collection [71 CDs & 2 DVDs]
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 302633 Release Date: 09/16/2014   Number of Discs: 73
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    Label: Sony   Catalog: 74698 Release Date: 06/17/2014   Number of Discs: 2
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    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3347 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
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    RCA Living Stereo Collection Vol 1
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 541497 Release Date: 04/15/2014   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Claude Debussy,  Jacques Ibert,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
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    Provocative Piano, Vols. I & Ii
    Label: Sepia Records   Catalog: 1255 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Allen Barclay,  Francis Craig,  Frédéric Chopin,  Joseph Kosma  ... 
    Performer:  Dick Hyman & His Orchestra
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    100 Hits: Classical Greats
    Label: 100 Hits   Catalog: 1017490 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Myra Hess,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Geraint Jones,  Karl Münchinger,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Myra Hess  ... 
    Conductor:  Geraint Jones,  Karl Münchinger,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Leopold Stokowski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici,  Members of the Vienna Octet (Members)
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    Orient Express
    Label: Ars Musici   Catalog: 233800 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian,  Antonín Dvorák,  Joseph Achron,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Take Four Guitar Quartet
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    Maxim Vengerov: 5 Classic Albums
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 844352 Release Date: 07/09/2013   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Edouard Lalo,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Maxim Vengerov,  Yevgeni Voskoboinikov,  Alexander Gourvich,  Yevgeni Cheskis  ... 
    Conductor:  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Antonio Pappano,  Mikhail Parkhomovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Virtuosi
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    Label: Sony   Catalog: 3710032 Release Date: 05/27/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Samuel Barber,  George Gershwin,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
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    A Musical Journey: Crimea, Russia, Uzbekistan
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 2110291 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Reinhold Gliere,  Mikhail Glinka,  Aram Khachaturian  ... 
    Conductor:  Anthony Bramall
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    Piano Rarities, Vol.3: Transcriptions
    Label: Piano 21   Catalog: 45 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Antonín Dvorák,  Aram Khachaturian,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris
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    Music
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 3715876 Release Date: 11/20/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Guy Berryman,  Timothy Mosley,  David Garrett,  Steve Porcaro  ... 
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    Eugene Ormandy Conducts 20th Century Classics
    Label: Sony (Nax615)   Catalog: 417202 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Gustav Holst,  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Performer:  John Williams,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Van Cliburn,  Isaac Stern  ... 
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    Essential Encores
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 05149 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Bazzini,  Niccolò Paganini,  Fritz Kreisler,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Maxim Vengerov,  Vag Papian,  Michael Rabin,  John Lenehan  ... 
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    The Art Of Valery Gergiev
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 1083441 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Alexander Borodin  ... 
    Performer:  Olga Borodina,  Lang Lang,  Sergei Levitin,  Alexander Toradze  ... 
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    Russian Treasures
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2572 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Mikhail Glinka  ... 
    Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev,  Natalie Dessay,  Dmitri Alexeev,  Jean-Yves Thibaudet  ... 
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    Sinding, Paganini, Part, Gershwin / Yoon Kwon
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 44551 Release Date: 09/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christian Sinding,  Maria Theresia Paradis,  Niccolò Paganini,  Pablo de Sarasate  ... 
    Performer:  Yoon Kwon,  Min Kwon
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    Legend
    Label: Estonian Record Productions   Catalog: 3910 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Leo Gillis,  Aram Khachaturian,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Conductor:  Aivar Mäe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arsis Handbell Ensemble
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    Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001702102 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Alexander Borodin,  Aram Khachaturian
    Performer:  Torgny Sporsen
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Lorin Maazel,  Neeme Järvi,  Oliver Knussen  ... 
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    Dance Along
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 55479 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Katia Labèque,  Marielle Labèque
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Herbert von Karajan,  Riccardo Muti  ... 
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    Magical Music Box
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 55477 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leopold Mozart,  Gabriel Pierné,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Strauss,  Marielle Labèque,  Katia Labèque
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Zubin Mehta,  John Lanchbery,  Herbert Blomstedt  ... 
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    My First Ballet Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578205 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Darius Milhaud,  Alexander Glazunov,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari,  Jean-Claude Casadesus,  Ondrej Lenárd,  Theodore Kuchar  ... 
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    Lakatos
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 473 Release Date: 03/20/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Traditional,  Zoltán Kodály,  Vittorio Monti  ... 
    Performer:  Lakatos Róbert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Roby Lakatos Ensemble
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  • 24.
    I Love Ballet
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 0842152 Release Date: 01/10/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Louis Ferdinand Herold,  Aram Khachaturian,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Arthur Sullivan  ... 
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth,  Yuri Temirkanov,  André Previn,  Sir Charles Mackerras  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Label: Bayer Records   Catalog: BR150032 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Spoken Word,  Traditional,  Luther Henderson,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Performer:  Das Rennquintett
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