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 & Piano Concertos / Gutnikov, Servadei
Release Date: 05/27/2014   Label: Musical Concepts  
Catalog: 1255   Number of Discs: 1
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Khachaturian: Piano Works / Murray McLachalan
Release Date: 09/13/2011   Label: Musical Concepts  
Catalog: 1144   Number of Discs: 1
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Khachaturian: Suites & Dances / Tjeknavorian, Et Al
Release Date: 02/05/2008   Label: Musical Concepts  
Catalog: 1019   Number of Discs: 1
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Khachaturian: Famous Ballet Suites - Spartacus, Gayaneh, Maskarade
Release Date: 05/04/2010   Label: Musical Concepts  
Catalog: 1080   Number of Discs: 1
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Khachaturian: Cello Concertos / Marina Tarasova, Veronika Dudarova, Russian Symphony
Release Date: 03/08/2011   Label: Musical Concepts  
Catalog: 1094   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Sabre Dance

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  • 76.
    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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  • 77.
    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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  • 78.
    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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  • 79.
    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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  • 80.
    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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  • 81.
    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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  • 82.
    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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  • 83.
    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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  • 84.
    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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  • 85.
    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 T. Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Roby Lakatos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Roby Lakatos
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  • 86.
    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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  • 87.
    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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  • 88.
    Label: Vox Classics   Catalog: 97007 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Gustav Holst,  Aaron Copland,  Richard Wagner  ... 
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  • 89.
    Ballet Favorites / Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80625 Release Date: 10/26/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Dukas,  Frédéric Chopin,  Léo Delibes,  Léon Fyodorovich Minkus  ... 
    Performer:  Gillian Benet
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
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  • 90.
    Classical Music 101 - 101 Famous Classical Themes
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63691 Release Date: 09/28/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Igor Stravinsky,  Georges Bizet,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  José Luis Garcia,  Placido Domingo,  Carlo Bergonzi,  Barry Douglas  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler,  Erich Leinsdorf,  Fritz Reiner,  Eugene Ormandy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 91.
    Label: Bayer Records   Catalog: 150032 Release Date: 03/30/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Spoken Word,  Traditional,  Luther Henderson,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Performer:  Das Rennquintett
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  • 92.
    Ballets Russes / Järvi, Mariinsky Choir, Radio France Po
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 45609 Release Date: 02/10/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Alexander Glazunov  ... 
    Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Chorus,  ORTF Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 93.
    Khachaturian: Sonata And Dances / Udagawa, Berezovsky
    Label: Koch International Classics   Catalog: 7571 Release Date: 08/26/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian
    Performer:  Hideko Udagawa,  Boris Berezovsky
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  • 94.
    My Ballerina Album - Favorite Ballet Scenes And Melodies
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471744 Release Date: 11/12/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Amilcare Ponchielli  ... 
    Performer:  Nicolas Economou,  Martha Argerich,  Jean-Marc Luisada,  Michel Schwalbé
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Seiji Ozawa,  Neeme Järvi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Boston Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 95.
    Dancing Flutes / Die 14 Berliner Flötisten
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm) Gold   Catalog: 3081114 Release Date: 08/27/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gerardo Matos Rodríguez,  Amilcare Ponchielli,  A. Malando,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  14 Berlin Flutes
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  • 96.
    Listen, Learn & Grow - Playtime - Fun & Games
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8555812 Release Date: 08/20/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Adolphe Adam,  Johannes Brahms,  Edvard Grieg,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Balázs Szokolay,  Péter Nagy,  Gerald Garcia
    Conductor:  Ondrej Lenárd,  István Bogár,  Jerzy Maksymiuk,  Keith Brion  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Budapest Symphony Orchestra,  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 97.
    Caravan - The Ultimate Silk-Road Album
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 472398 Release Date: 07/16/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen,  Alexander Borodin,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Michel Schwalbé
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt,  Neeme Järvi,  Bernhard Klee,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Chorus,  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 98.
    Classical Heat
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8520102 Release Date: 05/21/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Holst,  Aram Khachaturian,  Alberto Ginastera,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Anthony Bramall,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Marat Bisengaliev,  Kenneth Jean  ... 
    Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones,  Anthony Bramall,  Enrique Bátiz,  Johannes Wildner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava,  Festival Orchestra of Mexico  ... 
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  • 99.
    Khatchaturian: Spartacus, Gayaneh (Excerpts), Etc / Lazarev, Bolshoi So
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 89237 Release Date: 05/14/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian
    Conductor:  Alexander Lazarev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra
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  • 100.
    Westminster - Prokofiev: Scythian Suite, Etc;  Khachaturian
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471265 Release Date: 05/14/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Conductor:  Hermann Scherchen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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