In Folk Dance Music (Gallopade) (from Pictures of Childhood)
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The Sabre Dance and the Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia may be Khachaturian’s most familiar works, but his colourful style and orchestral flair comes out in all his music, from the virtuoso concertos with their rhapsodic oriental-flavoured slow movements, to the satirical glitter of the Masquerade Suite.
Aram Khachaturian was born in 1903 into a poor Armenian family in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, which was then part of Imperial Russia and later the USSR. After moving to Moscow he took up studies with Myaskovsky at the Conservatoire, eventually becoming a professor there. In spite of having been an enthusiastic communist he was, in 1948, severely denounced by the Soviet authorities (along with Prokofiev and Shostakovich) for writing what they termed 'formalist' music: music that did not appeal to the masses. Khachaturian's works include some of the best-known music in the 20th-Century repertoire, most notably the ballets Gayaneh (from which comes the ever-popular Sabre Dance) and Spartacus, the Adagio from which was used in Stanley Kubrick's film 2001: A Space Odyssey. Suites from both of these works are contained in this set, along with a fine recording of the Piano Concerto that is making it's first appearance on CD, and David Oistrakh's incomparable recording of the Violin Concerto conducted by the composer.
Khachaturian: Spartacus - Variations Of Aegina
Khachaturian: Spartacus Suite #2 - Adagio Of Spartacus & Phrygia
Khachaturian: Spartacus Suite #1 - Introduction, Adagio Of Aegina & Harmodius
Spartacus - Ballet highlights (1988 Digital Remaster): Dance of the Gaditanae - The Rebels' Approach
Piano Concerto: I. Allegro ma non troppo e maestoso
Piano Concerto: II. Andante con anima
Piano Concerto: III. Allegro brilliante
4 Pieces from 'Pictures of Childhood' (2010 Digital Remaster): Birthday Party
4 Pieces from 'Pictures of Childhood' (2010 Digital Remaster): Legend
4 Pieces from 'Pictures of Childhood' (2010 Digital Remaster): The Little Horse
4 Pieces from 'Pictures of Childhood' (2010 Digital Remaster): In Folk Dance Music (Gallopade)
A Glimpse of the Ballet (Invention) - Adagio from the ballet 'Gayaneh'
Khachaturian: Gayaneh - Lezghinka
Khachaturian: Gayaneh - Lullaby
Khachaturian: Gayaneh - Storm
Khachaturian: Gayaneh - Sabre Dance
Khachaturian: Gayaneh - Dance Of The Highlanders
Gayaneh - Ballet highlights (1988 Digital Remaster): Invention
Khachaturian: Violin Concerto In D Minor - 1. Allegro Con Fermezza
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D minor (2006 Digital Remaster): II. Andante sostenuto
Khachaturian: Violin Concerto In D Minor - 3. Allegro Vivace
Masquerade Suite: Galop
Masquerade Suite: Waltz
Masquerade Suite: Mazurka
Masquerade Suite: Romance
“Oistrakh and the composer sound fresh as ever”
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