Khatchaturian: Piano Concerto in D-flat Major
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|Khatchaturian: Piano Concerto in D-flat Major
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Peter Katin, piano
London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Hugo Rignold
The Concerto for Piano and Orchestra by Aram Khachaturian was the first work of this colorful composer’s to gain recognition for him and his music in the Western Hemisphere. From the very first performance, this brilliant showpiece found a warm reception. Not only has it remained a popular staple in the repertoire but it can be ranked as one of the two or three outstanding piano concertos written in the last quarter century. Now available in this superlative performance by Peter Katin, reproduced in the incomparable new Everest monophonic and stereophonic sound, it is bound to bring great pleasure and excitement both to those who know it well and those who are hearing it for the first time.
Western listeners owe Khachaturian a debt of gratitude for bringing so vividly to their attention the music of Armenia. Born in the Georgian city of Tiflis on June 6, 1903, he was the son of a poor bookbinder, who could not afford to provide him with much of an education. Not until he was nineteen did
Khachaturian manifest an interest in music. He went to Moscow to live with his brother, who was a stage director for the Second Moscow Art Theatre. Soon he was enrolled in the school of music run by the composer Gnessin. There he studied cello and theory, and eventually became a composition pupil of Gnessin himself. In 1929 he transferred to the Moscow Conservatory, where his teachers were Miaskovsky for composition and Vassilenko for orchestration. He graduated from the Conservatory in 1934.
The principal compositions through which Khachaturian has gained world-wide renown are the Piano Concerto (1935), the Violin Concerto (1940), the Symphony No. 2 (1942), the incidental music to Lermontov’s play Masquerade (1939), and the ballets Gayne (1942) and Spartacus. All of these works reflect the composer’s Armenian background and are colored by the unique melodic, harmonic and rhythmic characteristics of folk music from the Caucasus.