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Aram Khachaturian

Aram Khachaturian

Aram Khachaturian was a Soviet Armenian composer and conductor. He is considered one of the leading Soviet composers.

Born and raised in Tbilisi, the multicultural capital of Georgia, Khachaturian moved to Moscow in 1921 following the Sovietization of the Caucasus. Without prior music training, he enrolled in the Gnessin Musical Institute, subsequently studying at the Moscow Conservatory in the class of Nikolai Myaskovsky, among others. His first major work, the Piano Concerto (1936), popularized his name within and outside the Soviet Union. His style is characterized by colorful harmonies, captivating rhythms, virtuosity, improvisations, and sensuous melodies.

During most of his career, Khachaturian was approved by the Soviet government and held several high posts in the Union of Soviet Composers from the late 1930s, although he joined the Communist Party only in 1943. Along with Sergei Prokofiev and Dmitri Shostakovich, he was officially denounced as a "formalist" and his music dubbed "anti-people" in 1948, but was restored later that year. After 1950 he taught at the Gnessin Institute and the Moscow Conservatory, and turned to conducting. He traveled to Europe, Latin America and the United States with concerts of his own works. In 1957 Khachaturian became the Secretary of the Union of Soviet Composers, a position he held until his death.

Khachaturian was the most renowned Armenian composer of the 20th century and the author of the first Armenian ballet music, symphony, concerto, and film score. While following the established musical traditions of Russia, he broadly used Armenian and to lesser extent, Caucasian, Eastern & Central European, and Middle Eastern peoples' folk music in his works. He is highly regarded in Armenia, where he is considered a "national treasure".

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Russian Ballet Transcriptions for Four Hands and Two Pianos

Russian Ballet Transcriptions for Four Hands and Two Pianos

Cyprien Katsaris / Etsuko Hirose

Aram Khachaturian, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Igor Stravinsky, Alexander Borodin
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Orford Six Pianos vol.2

Orford Six Pianos vol.2

Orford Six Pianos

Aram Khachaturian, Sergei Prokofiev, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Modest Mussorgsky
Hundred and Eleven Piano Hits

Hundred and Eleven Piano Hits

Cyprien Katsaris

Robert Schumann / Ludwig von Beethoven / Franz Schubert / Sergei Rachmaninoff / Claude Debussy / Johannes Brahms / Felix Mendelssohn / Johann Sebastian Bach / Richard Wagner / Tomaso Albinoni / George Gershwin / Jules Massenet / Edward Elgar / Manuel de Falla / Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov / Johann Pachelbel / Charles Gounod / Johann Strauss / Frédéric Chopin / Bizet / Ástor Piazzolla / Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky / Benedetto Marcello / Carl Orff / Aram Khachaturian / Fanz Liszt / Antonia Vivaldi / Kurt Weill / Georg Friederich Händel / Cyprien Katsaris / Bernstein / Mancini / Léo Delibes / Camille Saint-Saëns / Rodrigo / Gruber / Dmitri Schostakowitsch / Addinsell / Hill / Ren Guang
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Nino Rota:  Piano Concerto  Aram Khachaturian: piano Concerto

Nino Rota: Piano Concerto Aram Khachaturian: piano Concerto

Ana Cláudia Girotto / Orquesta De Cordoba

Rota, Nino/Orquesta De Cordoba/Ana Cláudia Girotto /Khachaturian, Aram