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ARAM KHACHATURIAN - Composer, pianist, conductor / Russian Masters

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Soviet composer, conductor and spontaneous musician – the three faces of Aram Khachaturian

SU 4100-2      2 CDs                         First time on CD

Release date: May 2012

Violin Concerto, Cello Concerto, Piano Concerto, Gayane – ballet suite, Masquerade – suite, Funeral Ode in Memory of V. I. Lenin. Khachaturian plays the piano (and sings) on:

Sabre Dance, Garun Yerevan, Zdravitsa

L. Kogan – violin, S. N. Knushevitsky – cello, A. Jemelík – piano

USSR State Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra, Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, conductor: A. Khachaturian; USSR State Symphony Orchestra, conductor: A. V. Gauk; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor: A. Klíma

"I am firmly convinced that truly great music must in all its roots be linked with folk foundations, with the eternally youthful, inexhaustible sources of artistic folk creativeness.” With these words Khachaturian expresses more than a mere willingness (as a Soviet artist) to adhere to the communist party line and comply with the declared aesthetic requirements of the time. All his great works reveal his being inspired by folk music, Armenian and Georgian in particular, which shaped his thinking as a composer. Gayane, Masquerade and the Violin Concerto (here featuring a bravura performance by Leonid Kogan) need no introduction. Noteworthy too is the sterling delivery of the young pianist Antonín Jemelík in the recording of the Piano Concerto with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. In a series of previously unreleased, newly remastered recordings from the 1950s, Khachaturian appears in the role of conductor, while several unique recordings capture him singing his own songs in Armenian by the piano.

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CD 1
1.Violin Concerto in D minor00:34:46
music by: Aram Khachaturian
violin: Leonid Kogan
conductor: Aram Khachaturian
USSR State Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra
1.Allegro con fermezza00:13:07MP3 example :: Allegro con fermezza [471 kB]
music by: Aram Khachaturian
violin: Leonid Kogan
conductor: Aram Khachaturian
USSR State Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra
2.Andante sostenuto00:12:09MP3 example :: Andante sostenuto [471 kB]
music by: Aram Khachaturian
violin: Leonid Kogan
conductor: Aram Khachaturian
USSR State Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra
3.Allegro vivace00:09:30MP3 example :: Allegro vivace [471 kB]
music by: Aram Khachaturian
violin: Leonid Kogan
conductor: Aram Khachaturian
USSR State Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra
2.Cello Concerto in E minor00:35:07
music by: Aram Khachaturian
cello: Sviatoslav Nikolaevich Knushevitsky
conductor: Aleksandr Vasilievich Gauk
USSR State Symphony Orchestra
1.Allegro moderato00:17:08MP3 example :: Allegro moderato [471 kB]
music by: Aram Khachaturian
cello: Sviatoslav Nikolaevich Knushevitsky
conductor: Aleksandr Vasilievich Gauk
USSR State Symphony Orchestra
2.Andante sostenuto - attaca00:07:47MP3 example :: Andante sostenuto - attaca [471 kB]
music by: Aram Khachaturian
cello: Sviatoslav Nikolaevich Knushevitsky
conductor: Aleksandr Vasilievich Gauk
USSR State Symphony Orchestra
3.Allegro (a battuta)00:10:12MP3 example :: Allegro (a battuta) [471 kB]
music by: Aram Khachaturian
cello: Sviatoslav Nikolaevich Knushevitsky
conductor: Aleksandr Vasilievich Gauk
USSR State Symphony Orchestra
3.Funeral Ode in Memory of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin00:09:55MP3 example :: Funeral Ode in Memory of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin [471 kB]
music by: Aram Khachaturian
conductor: Aram Khachaturian
Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra
CD 2
1.Gayane. Excerpts from the Ballet Suites00:01:42
music by: Aram Khachaturian
piano: Aram Khachaturian
1. Sabre Dance00:01:42MP3 example :: Sabre Dance [471 kB]
music by: Aram Khachaturian
piano: Aram Khachaturian
2.Masquerade. Suite from incidental music to the play of Mikhail Lermontov00:17:57
music by: Aram Khachaturian
conductor: Aram Khachaturian
Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra
1.Waltz00:04:15MP3 example :: Waltz [471 kB]
music by: Aram Khachaturian
conductor: Aram Khachaturian
Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra
2.Nocturne00:04:11MP3 example :: Nocturne [471 kB]
music by: Aram Khachaturian
conductor: Aram Khachaturian
Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra
3.Mazurka00:02:33MP3 example :: Mazurka [471 kB]
music by: Aram Khachaturian
conductor: Aram Khachaturian
Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra
4.Romance00:03:58MP3 example :: Romance [471 kB]
music by: Aram Khachaturian
conductor: Aram Khachaturian
Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra
5.Galop00:03:00MP3 example :: Galop [471 kB]
music by: Aram Khachaturian
conductor: Aram Khachaturian
Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra
3.Gayane. Excerpts from the ballet suites00:21:33
music by: Aram Khachaturian
conductor: Aram Khachaturian
Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra
1. Dance of the Rose Maidens00:02:10MP3 example :: Dance of the Rose Maidens [471 kB]
music by: Aram Khachaturian
conductor: Aram Khachaturian
Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra
2. Lullaby00:04:59MP3 example :: Lullaby [471 kB]
music by: Aram Khachaturian
conductor: Aram Khachaturian
Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra
3.Aishe´s Dance00:04:58MP3 example :: Aishe´s Dance [471 kB]
music by: Aram Khachaturian
conductor: Aram Khachaturian
Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra
4.Gopak00:03:07MP3 example :: Gopak [471 kB]
music by: Aram Khachaturian
conductor: Aram Khachaturian
Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra
5. Sabre Dance00:02:45MP3 example :: Sabre Dance [471 kB]
music by: Aram Khachaturian
conductor: Aram Khachaturian
Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra
6. Lezghinka00:03:34MP3 example :: Lezghinka [471 kB]
music by: Aram Khachaturian
conductor: Aram Khachaturian
Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra
4.Piano Concerto in D flat major, Op.3800:33:29
music by: Aram Khachaturian
piano: Antonin Jemelik
conductor: Alois Klima
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
1.Allegro ma non troppo e maestoso00:13:39MP3 example :: Allegro ma non troppo e maestoso [471 kB]
music by: Aram Khachaturian
piano: Antonin Jemelik
conductor: Alois Klima
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
2.Andante con anima00:11:15MP3 example :: Andante con anima [471 kB]
music by: Aram Khachaturian
piano: Antonin Jemelik
conductor: Alois Klima
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
3.Allegro brillante00:08:35MP3 example :: Allegro brillante [471 kB]
music by: Aram Khachaturian
piano: Antonin Jemelik
conductor: Alois Klima
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
5.Song Garun Yerevan (Springtime in lovely Yerevan)00:01:59MP3 example :: Song Garun Yerevan (Springtime in lovely Yerevan) [471 kB]
music by: Aram Khachaturian
original lyrics by: Ashot Grashi
singing + piano: Aram Khachaturian
6.Song Zdravitsa00:01:32MP3 example :: Song Zdravitsa [471 kB]
music by: Aram Khachaturian
original lyrics by: Ashot Grashi
singing + piano: Aram Khachaturian


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