Album

Aram Khachaturian

Composer - Conductor - Pianist. Russian Masters

Catalogue Number: SU 4100-2
Published: 25th May 2012
Genre: Orchestral
Format: 2 CD
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.

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

CD 1

Aram Khachaturian
Violin Concerto in D minor
1.
Allegro con fermezza 13:07
2.
Andante sostenuto 12:09
3.
Allegro vivace 09:30
Aram Khachaturian
Cello Concerto in E minor
4.
Allegro moderato 17:08
5.
Andante sostenuto - attaca 07:47
6.
Allegro (a battuta) 10:12
Aram Khachaturian
7.
Funeral Ode in Memory of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin 09:55

CD 2

Aram Khachaturian
Gayane. Excerpts from the Ballet Suites
1.
Sabre Dance 01:42
Aram Khachaturian
2.
Song Garun Yerevan (Springtime in lovely Yerevan) 01:59
Aram Khachaturian
3.
Song Zdravitsa 01:32
Aram Khachaturian
Masquerade. Suite from incidental music to the play of Mikhail Lermontov
4.
Waltz 04:15
5.
Nocturne 04:11
6.
Mazurka 02:33
7.
Romance 03:58
8.
Galop 03:00
Aram Khachaturian
Gayane. Excerpts from the ballet suites
9.
Dance of the Rose Maidens 02:10
10.
Lullaby 04:59
11.
Aishe's Dance 04:58
12.
Gopak 03:07
13.
Sabre Dance 02:45
14.
Lezghinka 03:34
Aram Khachaturian
Piano Concerto in D flat major, Op.38
15.
Allegro ma non troppo e maestoso 13:39
16.
Andante con anima 11:15
17.
Allegro brillante 08:35