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    Aram Il'yich Khachaturian; 6 June [O.S. 24 May] 1903 – 1 May 1978) was a Soviet Armenian composer and conductor. He is considered one of the leading Soviet composers.

    Composer of such great works as Spartacus, the masquerade suites, and many other fantastic ballets.

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    I consider him great, especially in his energetic ballets.
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    He had a great melodic gift and coupled with Technicolor orchestration, his ballets in particular, as has been said, are very appealing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Phillips View Post
    Technicolor orchestration
    I am not even sure if Hollywood today would be able to match Khatchaturian's Third in special effects department!
    Relentless assault, carnage and sympho-organ-ic madness. Ah-mass-zing!

    So can we all afford some high-octane classical music from time to time? Most definitely.
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    The performance of the 2nd symphony with Järvi and the Royal Scottish N.O. is an absolute crack. I'm a big admirer of war-time symphonies, and this rendition does great justice of it. Khachaturian wasn't the best composer, but I largely enjoy his music, especially his 3 symphonies (yes, included the maniac 3rd!), the 3 gorgeous concertos, Masquerade Suite, Gayaneh, Spartacus, the three Concert-Rhapsodies, and 'The Valencian Widow' Suite.

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    I currently know only the 2nd Symphony and the Lermontov Suite but I like both quite a bit. The 2nd reminds me of some of Shostakovich's symphonic output, but Khachaturian has a bit more 'non-abstract' melodies in his work and the overall tone of the music is calmer. Some of his melodies remind me of Borodin/Rimsky-Korsakov. His orchestration is wonderful.
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    I listened to the 3rd earlier today, the Chicago Symphony with Stokowski, pure soviet bombast, great demonstration record, musically vacuous.

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    Poor Aram. So many armchair critics. Well, let me be the dissenting voice - I love his music. The piano concerto and violin concerto are wonderful pieces, which is why they endure. The symphonies are a mixed bag, but I enjoy them anyway. And I love the ballets. It's like melody and wonderful melody at that, gives people the creeps. I don't get it, actually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bisque View Post
    Poor Aram. So many armchair critics. Well, let me be the dissenting voice - I love his music. The piano concerto and violin concerto are wonderful pieces, which is why they endure. The symphonies are a mixed bag, but I enjoy them anyway. And I love the ballets. It's like melody and wonderful melody at that, gives people the creeps. I don't get it, actually.
    Don't take my criticism too seriously, I wouldn't get rid of that LP for anything, I love it, it just crazy over the top. The Kondrashin recording of the masquerade suite is a must have recording.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eramire156 View Post
    pure soviet bombast, great demonstration record, musically vacuous.
    it can't be vacuous while being 'pure Soviet bombast' at the same time, because one has to be a genius to have composed this 'pure Soviet bombast'.

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    same as the Jews saying 'Wagner was a Nazi so his music cannot be good' as if one thing relates to the other.

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