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Aram Ilich Khachaturian (1903-78)

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Khachaturian: Sabre Dance

Khachaturian: Sabre Dance


Khachaturian:

Gayane (ballet highlights)

Piano Concerto in D flat major

Mirka Pokorná (piano)

Prague Symphony Orchestra, Jirí Válek

Masquerade Suite


Brno State Philharmonic Orchestra, Jiří Bělohlávek

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20th Century Clarinet Trios

20th Century Clarinet Trios


Bartók:

Contrasts for violin, clarinet & piano, BB 116, Sz. 111

Khachaturian:

Trio for clarinet, violin & piano

Milhaud:

Suite for violin, clarinet and piano, Op. 157b

Stravinsky:

L'Histoire du Soldat: Suite for violin, clarinet & piano


Ludmila Peterková (clarinet), Gabriela Demeterová (violin), Markea Cibulková (piano)

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Aram Khachaturian: Composer - Pianist - Conductor

Aram Khachaturian: Composer - Pianist - Conductor


Khachaturian:

Violin Concerto in D minor

Cello Concerto in E minor

Sabre Dance from Gayane

Song 'Garun Yerevan' (Springtime in Lovely Yerevan)

Song 'Zdravitsa'

Masquerade Suite

Gayane (ballet highlights)

Piano Concerto in D flat major


Aram Khachaturian (piano, voice), Leonid Kogan (violin), Antonin Jemelik (piano) & Sviatoslav Knushevitsky (cello)

USSR State Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra & Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Aram Khachaturian, Karlovy Vary, Alexander Gauk & Alois Klima

"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.

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Gipsy Way

Gipsy Way


Bach, J S:

Gavotte (Rondeau) from Partita No. 3 in E major BWV1006

Bock, J:

Fiddler on the Roof: theme

Boulanger, G:

Georgette in D major

Avant de Mourir

Brahms:

Hungarian Dance No. 5

Cosma, V:

Alexandre le Bienheureux

Le Grand Blond avec une Chaussure Noire

Dinicu:

Skylark

Hubay:

Scène de la csárda No. 4 'Hejre Kati', Op. 32

Khachaturian:

Sabre Dance from Gayane

Sarasate:

Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20

Smetana:

Má Vlast: Vltava

Faithful love cannot be marred (from The Bartered Bride)

trad.:

Russian Fantasy / Russian Gipsy Melodies

Cimbalon Polka

Mama (Russian Folk Song)

Transylvanian Fantasy in E minor

Gipsy Song 'Náne Cócha'

Williams, John:

Schindler's List: Theme


Pavel Šporcl (violin)

Romano Stilo

The new DVD featuring the violin virtuoso Pavel Šporcl captures one of his two unique open-air concerts at the Smetana Litomyšl festival with the Slovak Roma cimbalom band Romano Stilo that took place in the middle of June 2010 in the castle courtyard.

The concerts were truly extraordinary events for Pavel owing to the unusual repertoire and the special atmosphere both on the stage and among the audience.

While Pavel Šporcl regularly steps out from the domain of classical music to embrace zestfully other genres, Romano Stilo cannot be considered an orthodox cimbalom band either. In addition to Gypsy, Russian, Hungarian and Romanian folk music, they performed compositions by Pablo Sarasate, Johannes Brahms and Aram Khachaturian, as well as the film themes from Schindler’s List and The Fiddler on the Roof, all of them spiced with a soupçon of jazz... Pavel plays a repertoire that seems to be the natural domain of musicians with Gypsy blood with such mastery and abandon that one feels tempted to look into his family tree – and Romano Stilo are a wonderful partner to him. It was a true joy to be there – and this DVD affords you the unique opportunity to savour their splendid performance.

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Pavel Šporcl & Romano Stilo - Gipsy Way

Pavel Šporcl & Romano Stilo - Gipsy Way


Bach, J S:

Gavotte (Rondeau) from Partita No. 3 in E major BWV1006

Boulanger, G:

Georgette in D major

Avant de Mourir

Brahms:

Hungarian Dance No. 5

Hubay:

Scène de la csárda No. 4 'Hejre Kati', Op. 32

Khachaturian:

Sabre Dance from Gayane

Monti, V:

Csárdás

Sarasate:

Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20

trad.:

Romanian “Hora” in F sharp major

Old-hungarian Gipsy Song in C sharp minor

Fakó Csárdás in D flat major

Transylvanian Fantasy in E minor

Russian Fantasy / Russian Gipsy Melodies

Gipsy Song 'Náne Cócha'

Encore


Pavel Šporcl (violin)

Romano Stilo

“An exciting virtuoso confirms his Czech credentials in this superb release. Pavel Sporcl has established himself on disc as the most charismatic of young Czech violinists, spontaneously imaginitive and individual in everything he does.” Edward Greenfield - Gramophone

The violin virtuoso Pavel Šporcl’s new CD captures his two unique concerts with the Slovak Gipsy cimbalom ensemble Romano Stilo. The events were truly extraordinary not only due to these superlative musicians combining their forces but also the repertoire (a startling departure for Šporcl) and the atmosphere on the stage and in the auditorium alike. Just as Pavel Šporcl steps out with zest from the domain of classical music into other genres so Romano Stilo cannot be considered an orthodox cimbalom band. Besides Gipsy, Hungarian and Romanian folk music, the visitors to the concerts heard compositions by Pablo Sarasate, Johannes Brahms and Aram Khachaturian inspired by this music, all spiced up with a soupcon of jazz. Šporcl plays the repertoire, allegedly the exclusive reserve of musicians with Gipsy blood coursing through their veins, so masterfully and convincingly that one is tempted to trace his family tree. Romano Stilo are splendid partners for him and it is a real joy to hear the musical sparks fly.

“The treatment of the whole is very much out of the ordinary, and the exhilarating result completely dispels any suggestion of this being a simple rehash of hackneyed favourites. The concert was recorded in Prague's La Fabrika entertainment venue before a live audience, whose whoops of joy at the sweet lyricism of Šporcl's playing and the thrilling virtuosity of all concerned serve to add to, rather than detract from, the atmosphere.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2009

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Zdenek Chalabala conducts Rimsky-Korsakov & Khachaturian

Zdenek Chalabala conducts Rimsky-Korsakov & Khachaturian


Khachaturian:

Gayane (ballet highlights)

Mussorgsky:

A Night on the Bare Mountain

ed. Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov

Rimsky Korsakov:

Scheherazade, Op. 35


Owing in large part to their exotic inspiration, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherazade and Aram Khachaturian’s Gayane are among the most beautiful and most frequently performed Russian and Soviet works of music. The creator of Sheherazade, who as a young navy officer travelled the oceans, was enchanted by the Oriental collection of stories and folk tales The One Thousand and One Nights.

Yet Rimsky-Korsakov’s colourful instrumentation also gave lustre to another work, Mussorgsky’s fantasia Night on Bald Mountain, with its dramatic depiction of a wild Sabbath of witches. Khachaturian’s ballet suite Gayane includes Armenian folk melodies, which were the composer’s most powerful inspiration and undoubtedly helped to earn the piece global popularity (the celebrated Sabre Dance is one of the most frequently played compositions worldwide). The recordings of all three works were made between 1953 and 1955, the paramount period of Zdeněk Chalabala, the chief conductor of Prague’s National Theatre Opera at the time. The great imagination with which he tells stories, combined with the inimitable timbre of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, makes these recordings truly remarkable. Yet another treasure appearing on CD for the first time…

“Chalabala's greatest claim to fame was as an opera conductor...and if asked to name his principal quality in purely orchestral music it would be that same theatrical flair...All the recordings have been well transferred and, provided you're not monophobic, this exciting double-pack should earn itself a favoured place in your collection, certainly for this repertory.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2012

GGramophone Magazine

Re-issue of the Month - Awards Issue 2012

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