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: 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 2, Etc / Jarvi, Royal Scottish
Release Date: 10/28/1992   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 8945   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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Work: Sabre Dance

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  • 76.
    Classic Highlights: Dvorak, Chopin, Strauss, Mozart, Beethoven
    Label: Bell'art   Catalog: 768075 Release Date: 03/25/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pablo de Sarasate,  Georges Bizet,  George Gershwin,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
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  • 77.
    Power Of Classics: Handel, Bach, Mozart, Bizet, Rossini
    Label: Bell'art   Catalog: 768066 Release Date: 03/25/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Georges Bizet,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
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  • 78.
    Ram Dam: Les Titres Les Plus Explosifs De La Musique
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 557386 Release Date: 01/13/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Alexander Borodin,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Carl Orff  ... 
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  • 79.
    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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  • 80.
    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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  • 81.
    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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  • 82.
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 5126312 Release Date: 10/12/2007   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Mikhail Glinka,  Antonín Dvorák,  Stanislaw Moniuszko  ... 
    Performer:  Wanda Jakubowska,  Zofia Kilanowisz,  Lucia Popp,  Piotr Anderszewski  ... 
    Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Herbert von Karajan,  Arnold Rezler  ... 
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  • 83.
    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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  • 84.
    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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  • 85.
    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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  • 86.
    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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  • 87.
    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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  • 88.
    Label: Naxos Nostalgia   Catalog: 911659 Release Date: 02/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacob Gade,  Frédéric Chopin,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Henry Bishop  ... 
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  • 89.
    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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  • 90.
    An Introduction To Aram Khachaturian
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 2023 Release Date: 09/19/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian
    Performer:  Simon Lindley
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi,  Fedor Glushchenko
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 91.
    Scoop
    Label: Universal Mod Afw   Catalog: 000734102 Release Date: 07/25/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Djalma Ferreira,  Julio Sanders,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Conductor:  Lester Lanin,  Peter Wohlert,  Herbert von Karajan,  Stanley Black  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 92.
    Label: Spj Music   Catalog: 95805 Release Date: 06/06/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann  ... 
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  • 93.
    The Essential James Galway
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 80318 Release Date: 05/23/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Henry Mancini,  Elton John,  Alan Menken,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway
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  • 94.
    Khachaturian: Works For Violin And Piano / Jelden, Biasini
    Label: Edition Hera   Catalog: 2105 Release Date: 02/28/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian
    Performer:  Michael Jelden,  Fabiana Biasini
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  • 95.
    Pops Caviar / Fiedler, Boston Pops
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 71618 Release Date: 02/07/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Aram Khachaturian,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 96.
    Nicolai Malko - The Danish Collection
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 549/50 Release Date: 02/03/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen,  Aram Khachaturian,  Alexander Glazunov,  Anatole Liadov  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicolai Malko
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish State Radio Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 97.
    Thomas Jensen Conducts The Aarhus Civic Orchestra
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 497 Release Date: 02/01/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  C. C. Moller,  Svend Erik Tarp,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Conductor:  Thomas Jensen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aarhus Civic Orchestra
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  • 98.
    Works By Aznavour, Brahms, Dinicu, Kolday
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 457879 Release Date: 01/02/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Roby Lakatos,  Charles Aznavour,  Johannes Brahms,  John Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Roby Lakatos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Roby Lakatos
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  • 99.
    Label: Vox Classics   Catalog: 97005 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Aram Khachaturian,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
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  • 100.
    Label: Vox Classics   Catalog: 97012 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Isaac Albeniz,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Jules Massenet  ... 
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