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Aram Ilich Khachaturian (1903-78)

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Khachaturian: Film Music

Khachaturian: Film Music


Khachaturian:

Pepo - Overture & Pepo's Song

Undying Flame

Secret Mission

Admiral Ushakov

Prisoner No. 217


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ASV - CDDCA966

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Khachaturian: Flute Concertos

Khachaturian: Flute Concertos


Khachaturian:

Flute Concerto

Rodrigo:

Concierto Pastoral for flute & orchestra


“It would be churlish to pretend that Gallois's performance is anything less than superb, and his energy and zeal ensure that the end result is certainly exciting. He has the able support of the Philharmonia, under Ion Mann, a fine and sympathetic accompanist. To sum up, this is an excellent disc, gloriously recorded and played, although the Khachaturian arrangement may well arouse the justified misgivings of the more zealous puritans amongst us.” Gramophone Magazine, October 1992

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DG - 4357672

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Khachaturian: Gayane & Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

Khachaturian: Gayane & Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5


Khachaturian:

Gayane (ballet highlights)

London Symphony, Antal Dorati

Shostakovich:

Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47

Minneapolis Symphony, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski


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Mercury Living Presence - 4343232

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Khachaturian: Ode in Memory of Lenin and other works

Khachaturian: Ode in Memory of Lenin and other works


Khachaturian:

Lermontov Suite

Russian Fantasy

Ode in Memory of Lenin

Greeting Overture

Festive Poem


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ASV - CDDCA946

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Khachaturian: Piano Conceorto and Dance Suite

Khachaturian: Piano Conceorto and Dance Suite


Khachaturian:

Piano Concerto in D flat major

Waltz for wind band

Polka for wind band

Dance Suite


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ASV - CDDCA964

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Khachaturian: Piano Concerto

Khachaturian: Piano Concerto


Khachaturian:

Piano Concerto in D flat major

London Symphony Orchestra, Loris Tjeknavorian

Sonatina

Toccata


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Resonance - CDRSN3037

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Khachaturian: Piano Concerto in D flat major, etc.

Khachaturian:

Piano Concerto in D flat major

Gayane

The Valencian Widow Suite


“In the Piano Concerto Dora Serviarian-Kuhn and her Armenian compatriot, Loris Tjeknavorian, are in every way first-class: both identify naturally with the sinuous oriental flavour of the melodic lines and understand that the outer movements need above all to convey thrusting vitality; here there's plenty of drive and rhythmic lift. But what primarily makes this performance memorable is Serviarian-Kuhn's sense of fantasy, so that her various cadential passages, for all their brilliance, are charismatically quixotic rather than merely bravura displays.
The other works on the disc are small beer.
The 'Waltz' for wind band has an engaging carousel flavour; the somewhat vulgar 'Polka' which follows roisterously suggests the circus.
The Dance Suite goes through the usual Khachaturian routines with which he likes to clothe his agreeable but at times rather insubstantial Armenian folk ideas. Easily the most memorable movement is the first and much the longer of the two Uzbek dances, which opens gently and touchingly.
The performances here are excellent and vividly recorded.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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ASV Platinum - PLT8510

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Khachaturian: Spartacus, Gayaneh & Masquerade Suites

Khachaturian: Spartacus, Gayaneh & Masquerade Suites


Khachaturian:

Spartacus Ballet Suite

Masquerade Suite

Gayane Suite


John Georgiadis (violin)

London Symphony Orchestra, Stanley Black

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Decca - 4170622

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Khachaturian: Spartacus Ballet Suites Nos. 1, 2 & 3

Khachaturian: Spartacus Ballet Suites Nos. 1, 2 & 3


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ASV - CDDCA949

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Khachaturian: Suites

Khachaturian: Suites


Khachaturian:

Spartacus Suite

Caucasian Sketches Suite No. 1

Masquerade Suite

Gayane Suite


“On this recording the 'Sabre Dance' from Gayaneh bursts into the room with explosive impetus and bite. The Sabre dancers are closely followed by the young maidens who come in as if the sabres were being flourished directly behind them, and hard on their heels come the Mountaineers who obviously have the Abominable Snowman in hot pursuit. With the brilliant recording projecting everything in burnished primary colours the effect is exhilarating, yet a shade wearing, so that the haunting 'Lullaby' provides a welcome respite. But not for long, as the 'Lezghinka' immediately develops a similar, almost frenetic thrust (rather more here than in the composer's own recording).
The Masquerade Suite has comparable spirit and gusto but some of its charm evaporates in consequence – notably in the 'Waltz', with the ebullient closing 'Galop' suggesting a circus band in an agreeably vulgar manner. The music from Spartacus is comparably vibrant and energetic, and although the famous 'Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia' opens with a beguiling aura of romantic anticipation, the climax develops great Slavonic ardour.
Ippolitov's Caucasian Sketches are little more than picture postcards with sinuous sub-Rimsky- Korsakov eastern melodies. Tjeknavorian makes the most of the oriental atmosphere thus generated, but cannot disguise the fact that the hit number, the spectacular closing 'Procession of the Sardar' is head and shoulders above the rest in memorability. It is played with great elan and here Brian Culverhouse's brightly lit recording comes fully into its own.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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ASV - CDDCA773

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