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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
Khachaturian: Othello Suite, Battle of Stalingrad Suite / Adriano
Release Date: 07/08/2014   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 573389   Number of Discs: 1
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Prokofiev, Khachaturian: Piano Concertos / Nareh Arghamanyan
Release Date: 11/11/2014   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 5186510   Number of Discs: 1
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Khachaturian: Piano Concerto, Etc / Yablonskaya, Yablonsky
Release Date: 04/29/1997   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550799   Number of Discs: 1
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Khachaturian: Gayane Suites Nos 1-3 / André Anichanov
Release Date: 10/04/1994   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550800   Number of Discs: 1
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Khachaturian: Spartacus Suite No 4, Etc / Anichanov, Yablonsky, St. Petersburg Orchestra
Release Date: 12/17/1996   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550802   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Sabre Dance

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  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    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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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    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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  • 58.
    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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  • 59.
    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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  • 60.
    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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  • 61.
    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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  • 62.
    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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  • 63.
    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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  • 64.
    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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  • 65.
    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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  • 66.
    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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  • 67.
    Ballet Greatest Hits Vol I
    Label: Cbs Composers'greatest Hits   Catalog: 45658 Release Date: 01/07/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland,  Aram Khachaturian,  Jacques Offenbach,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Aaron Copland,  Eugene Ormandy,  Andre Kostelanetz,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 68.
    Phase 4 Stereo - Russia! / Stanley Black, London Festival
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 452492 Release Date: 11/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Traditional,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Stanley Black
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Festival Orchestra,  London Festival Chorus
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  • 69.
    The Arthur Fiedler Legacy - Symphonic Spectacular
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001005702 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Aram Khachaturian,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 70.
    Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000957202 Release Date: 09/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Alexander Borodin,  Aram Khachaturian
    Performer:  Torgny Sporsen
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Lorin Maazel,  Neeme Järvi,  Oliver Knussen  ... 
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  • 71.
    40 Most Beautiful Classical Anthems
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 284732 Release Date: 08/21/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Thomas Augustine Arne,  Aram Khachaturian,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
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  • 72.
    Choreography / Vanessa-Mae
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 090895 Release Date: 06/12/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vangelis,  Aram Khachaturian
    Performer:  Vanessa-Mae
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  • 73.
    Tug At China's Heartstring - Central Music Academy Orchestra Of Plucked Instruments
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 80607 Release Date: 06/05/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Aram Khachaturian,  Wang Hui Ran,  Deng Yanhai  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Central Music Academy Orchestra Of Plucked Instruments
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  • 74.
    Trans-Siberian Express / I Salonisti
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 425214 Release Date: 03/01/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Alyabyev,  Igor Stravinsky,  Mihaly Hajdu,  Traditional  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Salonisti
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  • 75.
    Weekend Classics - A Russian Weekend
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000769302 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Igor Stravinsky,  Aram Khachaturian,  Mikhail Glinka  ... 
    Performer:  Torgny Sporsen
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Rafael Kubelik,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky,  Mikhail Pletnev  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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