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Thread: SS 02.06.18 - Khachaturian #1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merl View Post
    This one from YouTube.

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    That's nice, but it's a different Khachaturian and therefore a completely different symphony.

    Aram Khachaturian's 1st symphony is a really remarkable work and it never ceases to amaze me that it is so little known. I fear that people see Khachaturian as the writer of the Sabre Dance, that nice tune from Spartacus, a couple of concertos and that awful noisy symphony with all the trumpets and the organ. Well, yes; but he wrote some really excellent music that shouldn't be overlooked and this symphony is an example of Khachaturian at his best (along with the 2nd symphony).
    I have the same vinyl LP recording as 'Biwa' that I bought in a second-hand store many years ago; it's still Tjeknavorian, but it's the LSO and a very good performance - superior I think to the Armenian recording on ASV.

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    Just listened to it last night - a very nice (if rather diffuse) work with some unexpected and colorful touches, especially in the first movement. It’s a real shame that there’s only one available recording of it - the Armenian PO under Tjeknavorian, which is rather subpar with messy ensemble and intonation. And Tjeknavorian’s recording with the LSO doesn’t seem to be available on YouTube. Well, both Naxos and CPO recently recorded the 2nd Symphony, so maybe they’ll get around to the 1st next?

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    There was at least one other recording available - this rather ancient mono recording on MK, which I also have in my collection (though the photo is taken from online images). Predictably, it's rough-sounding - I think it was recorded in the early '60s - but it was my entry point to this symphony as someone gave me the record when I was a teenager.

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    I just found this other recording on Youtube which I don't identify as either of the Tjeknavorian recordings, nor his live video performance (also on Youtube). It sounds quite good, but has no info, so maybe someone can identify it?
    It's in 3 parts; this being the 1st movement.



    By the way, certainly the 1st movement of the old Alexander Gauk recording is also available on Youtube in a remastered edition; mind you given ehtta this is 'all new digitally remastered', if you listen to it you can imagine just how awful the original non-remastered version is!

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    I must admit I enjoyed this one, much against my expectations! It's very obvious who it's by, full of his little personal touches, and holds together well.
    I reckon Khachaturian steadily got worse as a symphonist! Debatably the same goes for Rachmaninov, But with him the dip in form from 1 to 3 is far far less drastic. The Khachaturian 3rd, the coupling on my CD of No.1 is pretty sure, about as pompous and over-inflated a piece as I have heard!!!
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