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
Prokofiev, Khachaturian: Piano Concertos / Nareh Arghamanyan
Release Date: 11/11/2014   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 5186510   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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Bolshoi Ballet II - Prokofiev, Khachaturian, Glazunov
Release Date: 05/27/2008   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 101335   Number of Discs: 4
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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.
    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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  • 102.
    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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  • 103.
    Eloquence - Movie Classics - Music From Famous Films
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 1089402 Release Date: 03/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luigi Boccherini,  Antonín Dvorák,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Ruggero Leoncavallo  ... 
    Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux,  István Hajdu,  Placido Domingo,  Margaret Marshall  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Monteux,  Sir Colin Davis,  Georges Prętre,  Seiji Ozawa  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 104.
    Music from the Movies
    Label: Dg Panorama   Catalog: 46956 Release Date: 01/23/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  John T. 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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  • 105.
    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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  • 106.
    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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  • 107.
    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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  • 108.
    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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  • 109.
    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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  • 110.
    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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  • 111.
    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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  • 112.
    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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  • 113.
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 73674 Release Date: 05/30/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Eilenberg,  Franz Schubert,  Leroy Anderson,  Louis Ferdinand Herold  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 114.
    Rodgers: Slaughter On Tenth Avenue / Fiedler, Boston Pops
    Label: Rca Victor Living Stereo   Catalog: 68550 Release Date: 05/20/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alberto Ginastera,  Manuel de Falla,  Leonard Bernstein,  Aram Khachaturian  ... 
    Performer:  Leo Litwin
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 115.
    The Tsar - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 62683 Release Date: 10/29/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Glazunov,  Anonymous,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Performer:  Jennie Tourel,  Allen Rogers,  Gary Karr
    Conductor:  Andre Kostelanetz,  Claudio Abbado,  Eugene Ormandy,  Zubin Mehta  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 116.
    Thunderous Classics - The Ultimate In Bombastic Music
    Label: Vox Cameo Classics   Catalog: 8828 Release Date: 10/22/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Gustav Holst,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Conductor:  Carl Michalski,  Marko Munih,  Walter Susskind,  Othmar M. F. Mága  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra,  Ljubljana Radio Symphony Orchestra,  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 117.
    Gilles Apap & The Transylvanian Mountain Boys
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 62374 Release Date: 10/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Traditional,  Aram Khachaturian,  Joe Privat  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Marc Apap,  Gilles Apap,  Brendan Statom,  Chris Judge
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Transylvanian Mountain Boys
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  • 118.
    Russian Orchestral Works / Ormandy, Stokowski, Philadelphia
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 62647 Release Date: 09/24/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov,  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Aram Khachaturian,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy,  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 119.
    Cartoons - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 62368 Release Date: 05/14/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gioachino Rossini,  Paul Dukas,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Luisa Faine,  Barry Snyder,  Eugene List,  Frank Glazer  ... 
    Conductor:  Donald Hunsberger,  Samuel Adler,  Riccardo Chailly,  Eugene Ormandy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Wind Ensemble,  Eastman School of Music Graduates,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra  ... 
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  • 120.
    Virtuoso Violin Encores - Heifetz Transcriptions / Rosand
    Label: Vox Allegretto   Catalog: 8201 Release Date: 03/12/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Flausino R. do Vale,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Alexander Borodin  ... 
    Performer:  Aaron Rosand,  John Covelli
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  • 121.
    The London Trombone Sound
    Label: Cala Records   Catalog: 108 Release Date: 10/24/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Eric Clapton,  Henry Mancini,  Claudio Monteverdi  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Edwards
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orch Trombones,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Trombones,  BBC Symphony Orchestra Trombones  ... 
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  • 122.
    An Evening With The Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 68860 Release Date: 10/17/1995   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Emil Waldteufel  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Rabin,  Leonard Pennario
    Conductor:  Felix Slatkin,  Carmen Dragon,  Miklós Rózsa,  Earl Bernard Murray  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
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  • 123.
    Ballet - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 68457 Release Date: 08/22/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland,  Aram Khachaturian,  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Conductor:  John T. Williams,  Harry Rabinowitz,  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  Stanley Black  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 124.
    The London Violin Sound
    Label: Cala Records   Catalog: 105 Release Date: 01/17/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Vittorio Monti,  George Gershwin,  Pietro Mascagni  ... 
    Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra First Violins,  London Philharmonic First Violins,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra First Violins
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  • 125.
    100 Fiedler Favorites
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 62698 Release Date: 10/11/1994   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Jacob Gade,  Stevie Wonder,  George Cory,  Jerry Herman  ... 
    Performer:  Leo Litwin,  Earl Wild,  Pasquale Cardillo,  Toni Noichl  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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