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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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  • 26.
    50 Best Violin
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 48494 Release Date: 04/19/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Luigi Boccherini,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Nathan Milstein,  Leon Pommers,  Gidon Kremer  ... 
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  • 27.
    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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  • 28.
    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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  • 29.
    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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    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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  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    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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  • 33.
    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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  • 34.
    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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  • 35.
    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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  • 36.
    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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  • 37.
    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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  • 38.
    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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  • 39.
    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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  • 40.
    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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  • 41.
    Piano Duo 2
    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 38466 Release Date: 02/02/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Franz Liszt,  Francis Poulenc,  Darius Milhaud  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander Kolodochka,  Ekaterina Kolodochka
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  • 42.
    Best Violin 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 58521 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Luigi Boccherini,  Vittorio Monti,  Fritz Kreisler,  Pablo de Sarasate  ... 
    Performer:  Tasmin Little,  John Lenehan,  Leon Pommers,  Nathan Milstein  ... 
    Conductor:  Felix Slatkin,  Alceo Galliera,  Iain Sutherland,  Leonard Slatkin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante,  Virtuosi,  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 43.
    I Love Ballet
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 67020 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Léo Delibes,  Sir William Walton,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Conductor:  John Lanchbery,  Jean-Baptiste Mari,  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  André Previn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Paris Opéra Comique Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 44.
    Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture; Borodin: Polovtsian Dances / Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4782122 Release Date: 01/19/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mikhail Glinka,  Aram Khachaturian,  Alexander Borodin,  Anatole Liadov  ... 
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra,  Dutch Royal Military Band,  Kirov Theater Chorus
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  • 45.
    Berlitz Passport - The Music Of Russia
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 47282 Release Date: 11/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Maurice Jarre,  Aram Khachaturian  ... 
    Conductor:  Andre Kostelanetz,  Leonard Bernstein,  Eugene Ormandy,  Sir Andrew Davis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Philadelphia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 46.
    The Legend Of The Orchestra
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 94539 Release Date: 10/20/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Alexander Borodin,  Ralph Vaughan Williams  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Georges Prêtre,  Christopher Warren-Green  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 47.
    Essential Ballet
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 436658 Release Date: 10/09/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Léo Delibes,  Manuel de Falla,  Aram Khachaturian  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Richard Bonynge,  Sir Georg Solti,  Charles Dutoit  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  New Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 48.
    Waldbuhne Concert - Russian Night
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4508 Release Date: 08/25/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Lincke,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Aram Khachaturian,  Alexander Borodin  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 49.
    Masterpieces Of Russian Music
    Label: Gega New   Catalog: 254 Release Date: 07/14/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Alexander Borodin,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Mikhail Glinka  ... 
    Performer:  Plamen Hidjov
    Conductor:  Vassil Kazandjiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sofia Symphony Orchestra
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  • 50.
    It Takes Two / Duo Concertante
    Label: Marquis   Catalog: 81401 Release Date: 05/05/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Clifford Crawley,  Giacomo Puccini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Timothy Steeves,  Nancy Dahn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Concertante
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