Four of the best Khachaturian recordings

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

Khachaturian best recordings
Published: May 1, 2019 at 9:14 am

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.

Authors

Freya ParrDigital Editor and Staff Writer, BBC Music Magazine

Freya Parr is BBC Music Magazine's Digital Editor and Staff Writer. She has also written for titles including the Guardian, Circus Journal, Frankie and Suitcase Magazine, and runs The Noiseletter, a fortnightly arts and culture publication. Freya's main areas of interest and research lie in 20th-century and contemporary music.

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