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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Khachaturian: Violin Concerto; Shostakovich / Ehnes
Release Date: 04/08/2014   Label: Onyx  
Catalog: 4121   Number of Discs: 1
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Khachaturian: Spartacus / Bolshoi Ballet
Release Date: 03/28/2006   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 2854   Number of Discs: 1
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Khachaturian: Spartacus / Zhuraitis, Bolshoi Ballet
Release Date: 07/29/2008   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 1198   Number of Discs: 1
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Khachaturian: Spartacus / Australian Ballet
Release Date: 06/24/2008   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 2112   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Sabre Dance

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  • 101.
    My Ballerina Album - Favorite Ballet Scenes And Melodies
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471744 Release Date: 11/12/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Amilcare Ponchielli  ... 
    Performer:  Nicolas Economou,  Martha Argerich,  Jean-Marc Luisada,  Michel Schwalbé
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Seiji Ozawa,  Neeme Järvi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Boston Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 102.
    Rachmaninov, Arensky, Et Al / John Ogdon, Brenda Lucas
    Label: Emi Classics Double Fforte   Catalog: 69386 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Georges Bizet,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Aram Khachaturian  ... 
    Performer:  Brenda Lucas,  John Ogdon
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  • 103.
    Dancing Flutes / Die 14 Berliner Flötisten
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm) Gold   Catalog: 3081114 Release Date: 08/27/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gerardo Matos Rodríguez,  Amilcare Ponchielli,  A. Malando,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  14 Berlin Flutes
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  • 104.
    Listen, Learn & Grow - Playtime - Fun & Games
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8555812 Release Date: 08/20/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Adolphe Adam,  Johannes Brahms,  Edvard Grieg,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Balázs Szokolay,  Péter Nagy,  Gerald Garcia
    Conductor:  Ondrej Lenárd,  István Bogár,  Jerzy Maksymiuk,  Keith Brion  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Budapest Symphony Orchestra,  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 105.
    Caravan - The Ultimate Silk-road Album
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 472398 Release Date: 07/16/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen,  Alexander Borodin,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Michel Schwalbé
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt,  Neeme Järvi,  Bernhard Klee,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Chorus,  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 106.
    Classical Heat
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8520102 Release Date: 05/21/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Holst,  Aram Khachaturian,  Alberto Ginastera,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Anthony Bramall,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Marat Bisengaliev,  Kenneth Jean  ... 
    Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones,  Anthony Bramall,  Enrique Bátiz,  Johannes Wildner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava,  Festival Orchestra of Mexico  ... 
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  • 107.
    Khatchaturian: Spartacus, Gayaneh (Excerpts), Etc / Lazarev, Bolshoi So
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 89237 Release Date: 05/14/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian
    Conductor:  Alexander Lazarev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra
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  • 108.
    Westminster - Prokofiev: Scythian Suite, Etc;  Khachaturian
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471265 Release Date: 05/14/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Conductor:  Hermann Scherchen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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  • 109.
    Lyricism / Catherine Manoukian
    Label: Marquis   Catalog: 81281 Release Date: 05/07/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Aram Khachaturian,  Jules Massenet,  Henri Vieuxtemps  ... 
    Performer:  Satoshi Sando,  Catherine Manoukian
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  • 110.
    Symphonic Spectacular / Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80170 Release Date: 04/23/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian,  George Enescu,  Johan Halvorsen,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
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  • 111.
    Vodka & Caviar - The Ultimate Russian Spectacular
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3288 Release Date: 09/11/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Aram Khachaturian,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Dmitry Khakamov
    Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra,  Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
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  • 112.
    Toolbox Classics / Woody Phillips
    Label: Gourd   Catalog: 127 Release Date: 08/14/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Paul Dukas  ... 
    Performer:  Woody Phillips
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  • 113.
    Vengerov & Virtuosi
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57164 Release Date: 08/14/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Johannes Brahms,  Vittorio Monti,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Eva Iframov,  Rita Bobrovich,  Vag Papian,  Maxim Vengerov  ... 
    Conductor:  Mikhail Parkhomovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi
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  • 114.
    Listen, Learn And Grow - Playtime
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8560050 Release Date: 06/19/2001   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Gioachino Rossini,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Adolphe Adam  ... 
    Performer:  Bedrich Tylsar,  Zdenek Tylsar,  Balázs Szokolay,  Péter Nagy  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Edlinger,  Michael Halász,  Michael Dittrich,  Ondrej Lenárd  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Zagreb Festival Orchestra,  Bratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 115.
    Sonatas & Dances For Violin / Sitkovetsky, Gililov
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 61887 Release Date: 06/05/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Enrique Granados,  Antonín Dvorák,  Aram Khachaturian  ... 
    Performer:  Pavel Gililov,  Dmitri Sitkovetsky
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  • 116.
    Music from the Movies
    Label: Dg Panorama   Catalog: 46956 Release Date: 01/23/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  John Williams,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Carl Orff  ... 
    Performer:  Trevor Pinnock,  Carlo Bergonzi,  Harold Wright,  Anatol Ugorski  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock,  John Mauceri,  Herbert von Karajan,  James Levine  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert Winds,  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra  ... 
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  • 117.
    Khachaturian: Ballet Music / Anichanov, St Petersburg So
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554054 Release Date: 10/06/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian
    Conductor:  Andrei Anikhanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra
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  • 118.
    Khachaturian: Spartacus; Glazunov / Khachaturian
    Label: London/Decca Legends   Catalog: 460315 Release Date: 04/11/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Glazunov,  Aram Khachaturian
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Aram Khachaturian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 119.
    A Child's Introduction To Classical Music
    Label: Fine Tune   Catalog: 4402 Release Date: 01/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Aram Khachaturian,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Amilcare Ponchielli  ... 
    Performer:  Karen Vaughan,  Emma Pritchard
    Conductor:  Adrian Leaper,  Philip Gibson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 120.
    Offenbach: Gaite Parisienne, Etc / Slatkin, Hollywood Bowl
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67248 Release Date: 11/16/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Aram Khachaturian,  Jules Massenet,  Léo Delibes  ... 
    Conductor:  Felix Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
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  • 121.
    Gallery Of Classical Music: Invitation To The Dance
    Label: Platinum Entertainment   Catalog: 1890 Release Date: 02/23/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
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  • 122.
    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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  • 123.
    David Helfgott - Brave New World
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 57813 Release Date: 08/11/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Enrique Granados,  Aram Khachaturian,  George Gershwin,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  David Helfgott
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  • 124.
    Russian Ballet Favorites
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554063 Release Date: 08/06/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Glazunov,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Aram Khachaturian  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Anissimov,  Andrew Mogrelia,  Christopher Lyndon-Gee,  Andrei Anikhanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra,  Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra,  St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra
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  • 125.
    25 Classical Dance Favorites
    Label: Vox Cameo Classics   Catalog: 8841 Release Date: 07/01/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Maurice Ravel,  Charles Gounod,  Heitor Villa-Lobos  ... 
    Performer:  Manuel Barrueco
    Conductor:  Carl Michalski,  Peter Falk,  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Alfred Scholz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra,  Minnesota Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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