Aram Khachaturian: Composer - Conductor - Pianist

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
This collection of music by Armenian Soviet composer Aram Khachaturian is even more specialized than its subtitle, "Composer-Conductor-Pianist," suggests. For one thing, all the material is Czech related; most of it was recorded in the former Czechoslovakia, and the remainder was sold there and came from the vaults of the Supraphon label. The CD booklet credits one Patrick Lambert, who also wrote the notes, "for his invaluable suggestions and for sharing with us his extensive knowledge of the Supraphon archives." It's not clear how he came by that, but he's not the first outsider to know a company's history better than the employees themselves. Anyhow, this is a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
This collection of music by Armenian Soviet composer Aram Khachaturian is even more specialized than its subtitle, "Composer-Conductor-Pianist," suggests. For one thing, all the material is Czech related; most of it was recorded in the former Czechoslovakia, and the remainder was sold there and came from the vaults of the Supraphon label. The CD booklet credits one Patrick Lambert, who also wrote the notes, "for his invaluable suggestions and for sharing with us his extensive knowledge of the Supraphon archives." It's not clear how he came by that, but he's not the first outsider to know a company's history better than the employees themselves. Anyhow, this is a fascinating blast from the past. The music was recorded between 1950 and 1960, and sound quality is marginal, but there are some real oddities here. Chief among them has to be the presence of Khachaturian as vocalist in a couple of songs on CD 2 tracks 2 and 3; one of them is entitled "Springtime in Lovely Yerevan." Musically the major interest lies in Khachaturian's recording as conductor of excerpts from the ballet "Gayane," including the famous "Sabre Dance," with the Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra in a 1955 live recording. There is no shortage of recordings of this work, but this one, taken at breakneck speeds, crackles with excitement. There are also some more unusual pieces. The "Piano Concerto in D flat major," in a slightly acid idiom quite close to Shostakovich, is played by Czech pianist Antonín Jemelík, who died at the age of 31. "Masquerade," a suite from incidental music to a little-known at least in Western countries play by Mikhail Lermontov, shows Khachaturian in a more conservative, Tchaikovskian idiom; one or more of these attractive melodies could easily be paired in programming with the "Sabre Dance." The recording is necessarily a mixed bag, but it's recommended for aficionados of Soviet and Eastern European music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/24/2012
  • Label: Supraphon
  • UPC: 099925410025
  • Catalog Number: 4100
  • Sales rank: 82,572

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Violin Concerto in D minor (also arranged for violin & piano) - Aram Khachaturian & Aram Khachaturian (34:46)
  2. 4–6 Cello Concerto in E minor - Aram Khachaturian & Svyatoslav Knushevitsky (35:07)
  3. 5 Ode in Memory of Vladimir Ilich Lenin, for orchestra - Aram Khachaturian & Svyatoslav Knushevitsky (9:55)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Gayane, ballet in 4 acts: Sabre Dance - Aram Khachaturian & Aram Khachaturian (1:42)
  2. 2 Work(s): Garun Yerevan (Springtime in Lovely Yerevan) - Aram Khachaturian & Aram Khachaturian (1:59)
  3. 3 Zangezur, film score - Aram Khachaturian & Aram Khachaturian (1:32)
  4. 4–8 Masquerada, incidental music - Aram Khachaturian & Aram Khachaturian (17:57)
  5. 9–14 Gayane, ballet in 4 acts - Aram Khachaturian & Aram Khachaturian (21:33)
  6. 15–17 Piano Concerto in D flat major (also arranged for 2 pianos) - Aram Khachaturian & Aram Khachaturian (33:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Aram Khachaturian Primary Artist
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