10 Oct 2010

Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978)

From Composer of the Week, 9:00 am on 10 October 2010

Aram Khachaturian was born in Georgia to Armenian parents and drew on the folk musics of his heritage in his colourful scores. He studied in Moscow and managed to survive the tricky challenges of being a composer in the Soviet era.  Although he was denounced in 1948 along with other prominent composers, he was soon reinstated.  He's best known for his piano concerto, violin concerto, two ballets - Spartacus and Gayaneh - and for two popular tunes from those ballets - 'The Onedin Line' theme and the 'Sabre Dance'.

Music Details:

Aram Khachaturian

Aram Khachaturian Photo: Public Domain

WARREN/GERSHWIN: Swing Trot, from the Barkleys of Broadway - Rhino 273192 

KHACHATURIAN arr. Levant: Sabre Dance, from Gayaneh - Naxos 8.110675

Trad. Folk Song: Tonight the Moon is Full - Celestial Harmonies 13117 

KHACHATURIAN: Dance, from Two Pieces - Regis RRC 1184 

KHACHATURIAN: Mvt I, from Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano - Supraphon SU 3481-2 131 

KHACHATURIAN: Mvt III, from Piano Concerto in D flat - Warner 2564 63074

KHACHATURIAN: Lezghinka, from Gayaneh - Chandos CHAN 8945 

KHACHATURIAN: Symphony No 3 - ASV CD DCA 858 


KHACHATURIAN: Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia, from Spartacus - Chandos Chan 2023

KHACHATURIAN: Concerto-Rhapsody for Piano - Naxos 8.550799

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