Personalities | Aram Khachaturian | Modern Era | Classical

(A’-ram Kha-cha-toor’-yan) 1903–78
Armenian composer

Khachaturian’s music is conservative, winning popularity with its ample tunefulness, sometimes with local colour derived from Armenian folk music. His ballets Gayane (1942) and Spartacus (1954) were very successful in the Soviet Union, and extracts from them (the ‘Sabre Dance’ from Gayane, the pas-de-deux from Spartacus) became world-famous. His concertos, concerto-rhapsodies and symphonies are in a similar, opulently Romantic style.

Recommended Recording:
Violin Concerto in D Minor, Leonid Kogan, Boston SO (cond) Pierre Monteux (RCA/Sony)

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