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: Violin Concerto, Etc / Mordkovitch, Wallfisch
Release Date: 05/21/2002   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9866   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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An Introduction To Aram Khachaturian
Release Date: 09/19/2006   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 2023   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 26.
    Elin Kolev
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 7953432 Release Date: 09/23/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Martin Stock,  Astor Piazzolla,  John Williams,  Pablo de Sarasate  ... 
    Performer:  Elin Kolev,  Milana Chernyavska
    Conductor:  Helmut Branny
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresdner Kappelsolisten
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  • 27.
    Famous Violin Encores / Alexander Markov, Dmitriy Cogan
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 674300 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander Markov,  Dmitri Cogan
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    Phenomenal Vengerov! / Maxim Vengerov
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 26477 Release Date: 06/21/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Manuel Ponce,  Ottokar Novácek  ... 
    Performer:  Maxim Vengerov,  Yevgeni Voskoboinikov,  Alexander Gourvich,  Yevgeni Cheskis  ... 
    Conductor:  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Mikhail Parkhomovsky,  Antonio Pappano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Virtuosi,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 29.
    The Classical Album 2011
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001566202 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  Franz Liszt,  Jules Massenet,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli,  Lang Lang,  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Anna Netrebko  ... 
    Conductor:  Adám Fischer,  James Levine,  Claudio Abbado,  Riccardo Chailly  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  International Chamber Soloists
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  • 30.
    Russian Ballet Music
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 49824 Release Date: 05/17/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Aram Khachaturian,  Alexander Glazunov,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Norman Carol
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  Aram Khachaturian,  Yuri Temirkanov,  Yevgeny Svetlanov  ... 
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  • 31.
    Violin Romances / Aaron Rosand
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 129 Release Date: 05/17/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Fritz Kreisler,  Jean Sibelius,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Aaron Rosand,  Hugh Sung,  John Covelli
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  • 32.
    50 Best Ballet
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 48438 Release Date: 04/19/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Léon Fyodorovich Minkus,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Aram Khachaturian,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Christopher Warren-Green,  Robert Truman
    Conductor:  Robert Irving,  John Lanchbery,  André Previn,  Aram Khachaturian  ... 
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  • 33.
    50 Best Violin
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 48494 Release Date: 04/19/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Luigi Boccherini,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Leon Pommers,  Nathan Milstein,  Gidon Kremer  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Lysy,  Herbert von Karajan,  Efrem Kurtz,  Pierre Dervaux  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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  • 34.
    The Debut Recital
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 94426 Release Date: 04/05/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pablo de Sarasate,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Aram Khachaturian,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Performer:  Sandra Rivers,  Sarah Chang
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  • 35.
    Voyage Russe / Alliage Quintett
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 7853452 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Mikhail Glinka,  Aram Khachaturian  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alliage Quintett
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  • 36.
    Golden Age Of Light Music - Lightly Classical
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5172 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Claude Debussy,  Gustav Holst,  Sir William Walton  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Challet,  Angela Morley,  Sir William Walton,  Frank De Vol  ... 
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  • 37.
    100 Best Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 17639 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 38.
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 648513 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
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  • 39.
    Best Children's Classics 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 17626 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Katia Labèque,  Marielle Labèque,  Moura Lympany  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Riccardo Muti,  Simon Rattle  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 40.
    Khachaturian: Symphonic Highlights From Gayane, Spartacus, Masquerade
    Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks   Catalog: 28640 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian
    Conductor:  Yuri Simonov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 41.
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 648500 Release Date: 11/16/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Katia Labèque,  Marielle Labèque,  Moura Lympany  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Riccardo Muti,  Simon Rattle  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 42.
    Label: Hyperion Knight (Label)   Catalog: 50138174 Release Date: 10/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Pachelbel,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Aram Khachaturian,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Hyperion Knight
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  • 43.
    Simetra
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 1301 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian,  Astor Piazzolla,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Performer:  Trio Artemis
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  • 44.
    Musical Handyman
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 897376 Release Date: 08/17/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Orff,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Georges Bizet,  Aram Khachaturian  ... 
    Performer:  Karin Schaupp,  Teddy Tahu Rhodes,  David Hobson,  Li Wei  ... 
    Conductor:  Anthony Walker,  Benjamin Northey,  Thomas Woods,  Leonard Dommett  ... 
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  • 45.
    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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  • 46.
    Khachaturian: Gayne
    Label: Classic Records   Catalog: 2016 Release Date: 06/08/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian
    Conductor:  Anatole Fistoulari
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  • 47.
    Khachaturian: Famous Ballet Suites - Spartacus, Gayaneh, Maskarade
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1080 Release Date: 05/04/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian
    Conductor:  Yuri Simonov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 48.
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 882973 Release Date: 04/20/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian,  Richard Wagner,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Joaquin Turina  ... 
    Conductor:  André Anichanov,  Uwe Mund,  Kenneth Jean,  Max Bragado-Darman  ... 
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  • 49.
    Encores & More / Eichhorn, Findeisen
    Label: Solo Musica   Catalog: 130 Release Date: 03/09/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Myron Poliakin,  Franz Liszt,  Franz Von Vecsey,  Béla Bartók  ... 
    Performer:  Peer Findeisen,  Friedemann Eichhorn
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  • 50.
    Dance! - The World's Favorite Ice-Skating Music
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 58906 Release Date: 02/09/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jerry Herman,  Frédéric Chopin,  Vittorio Monti,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  John Ogdon,  Vag Papian,  Maxim Vengerov,  Tasmin Little  ... 
    Conductor:  Julian Kelly,  Yuri Temirkanov,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Matt Dunkley  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piccadilly Theatre Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra  ... 
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