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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  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    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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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    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 Prętre,  Christopher Warren-Green  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 57.
    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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  • 58.
    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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  • 59.
    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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  • 60.
    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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  • 61.
    The Fantastic Philadelphians - A Dazzling Dance Spectacular / Ormandy
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 38128 Release Date: 04/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leroy Anderson,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 62.
    Best Encores 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64752 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Alexander Goedicke,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Teodor Grigoriu,  Ernesto De Curtis  ... 
    Performer:  Ole Edvard Antonsen,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Placido Domingo,  Cheryl Studer  ... 
    Conductor:  John Barker,  Asher Fisch,  Sir Andrew Davis,  Franz Welser-Möst  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  National Theater Opera Orchestra of Paris  ... 
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  • 63.
    Dvorak: Carnival Oveture;  Massenet: Meditation, Etc / Eric Plutz, John Fleming
    Label: Pro Organo   Catalog: 7227 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mikhail Glinka,  Richard Wagner,  Antonín Dvorák,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Eric Pluntz,  John Fleming
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  • 64.
    Violin Encores / Markov, Cogan
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 517685 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Franz Schubert,  Henri Wieniawski,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander Markov,  Dmitri Cogan
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  • 65.
    Gipsy Way - Bach, Brahms, Sarasate, Monti, Hubay, Etc / Pavel Sporcl, Romano Stilo
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3951 Release Date: 01/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jenö Hubay,  Georges Boulanger,  Vittorio Monti,  Aram Khachaturian  ... 
    Performer:  Laszlo Onodi,  Martin Rajt,  Pavel Sporcl,  FrantiUek Rigo Jr.  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Romano Stilo
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  • 66.
    Composers In Person
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 17575 Release Date: 11/24/2008   Number of Discs: 22
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ernö von Dohnányi,  Paul Hindemith,  Aram Khachaturian  ... 
    Performer:  Béla Bartók,  Vilma Medgyaszay,  Ferenc Szekeres,  Zoltán Székely  ... 
    Conductor:  Lawrence Collingwood,  Paul Hindemith,  Aram Khachaturian,  Arthur Honegger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Percurama Percussion Ensemble
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  • 67.
    Expressia - Armenian Metamorphoses / Cadence Ensemble
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 129 Release Date: 09/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian,  Karen Ananyan,  Arno Babadjanian,  Shirin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cadence Ensemble
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  • 68.
    Best Ballet 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 15220 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Léon Fyodorovich Minkus,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Aram Khachaturian,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Donohoe,  Norman Carol,  Philip Gammon,  Christopher Warren-Green  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Irving,  John Lanchbery,  André Previn,  Aram Khachaturian  ... 
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  • 69.
    James Galway Plays Khachaturian
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 57010 Release Date: 07/23/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian
    Performer:  James Galway
    Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 70.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade; Borodin / Yuasa, Beecham
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 28280 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian,  Alexander Borodin,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Aram Khachaturian,  Efrem Kurtz,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Beecham Choral Society  ... 
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  • 71.
    Leonard Slatkin Conducts Russian Classics
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 5661 Release Date: 06/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Aram Khachaturian,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 72.
    Sabre Dance - Favorite Orchestral Works 2 / Fiedler, Boston Pops
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 35038 Release Date: 04/07/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Richard Wagner,  Franz Liszt,  Grigoras Dinicu  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 73.
    André Rieu In Wonderland
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17699 Release Date: 04/01/2008  
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Max Steiner,  Edvard Grieg,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Conductor:  André Rieu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Johann Strauss Orchestra
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  • 74.
    Andre Rieu In Wonderland - Collector's Edition
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17709 Release Date: 04/01/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Frank Churchill,  André Rieu,  Robert Stolz  ... 
    Performer:  André Rieu
    Conductor:  André Rieu
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  • 75.
    Andre Rieu In Wonderland [denon]
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17698 Release Date: 04/01/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian,  Saint-Preux,  Frank Churchill,  George David Weiss  ... 
    Performer:  André Rieu
    Conductor:  André Rieu
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