Four of the best Khachaturian recordings

We choose a selection of some of the finest discs featuring works by the Soviet composer

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Tocatta; Sonatina; Sonata etc.
Murray McLachlan (piano)
Regis RRC 1184

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An excellent overview of Khachaturian’s career through a fine selection of his piano works.

Violin and Cello Concertos
Arabella Steinbacher (violin), Daniel Müller-Schott (cello); City of Birmingham Symphony Ochestra/Sakari Oramo
Orfeo C 623041 A

These beautiful concertos reflect Khachaturian’s fine understanding, as a former cello player, of the expressive potential of string instruments.

Symphonies Nos 1 & 3
Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra/Loris Tjeknavorian
ASV CD DCA 858

No. 1 is full of engaging ideas, and No. 3 is a splendid noise-fest for 15 trumpets and organ.

Gayane & Spartacus Highlights
London Symphony Orchestra/Aram Khachaturian
Classics for Pleasure 393 2292

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These zestful and atmospheric performances are a fine introduction to Khachaturian’s ballets.