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on 12 May 2010
Of the best known 20th Century composers, Khachaturian is the only one where you can easily trace his music back to the robust, passionate, soaring and heart tugging musical dramas of his Russian forebears - Tchaikvsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Borodin and, ultimately, Glinka.

Prokofiev is busy and clever. Shostakovich's music, described by one as 'gun metal grey', has its 'Russian' moments - probably after an order, in triplicate, from some apparatchik - but is largely 'modern' and devoid of a distinctive Russian musical heritage, and Rachmaninoff is, well, mostly very strident. It is in Khachaturian's music that you feel the unbridled passion, racing, swirling melodies and reflective moods of the great 19th Century Russian composers. In the hands of Loris Tjeknavorian and the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Khachaturian's musical dramas are vibrantly realised - from the 'Sabre Dance' rattling along at a hundred miles an hour, through delightfully catchy dances to the emotional pinnacle, his best known work, the Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia. If that's not enough, you also get the bonus of Ippolitov-Ivanov's 'Caucasian Sketches', which include an immediately recognizable piece - the rousing 'Procession of the Sardar'.

If you want 20th Century Russian music steeped in the unrestrained passions and melodies of the great Russian composers of yore this disc will not disappoint you.
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on 13 March 2010
Some of this music will be familiar, I'm sure, but what is on offer is decently played and recorded. What the musicians may lack in the last ounce of refinement, they make up for in effort and an apparent liking for the music. Neither K not I-I will ever make it to the Premier League of classical music, but this is a very worthy effort of more than acceptable music.
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on 4 July 2010
I purchased this album primarily for the Waltz from Masquerade which is one of the most atmospheric and exciting pieces I have heard. It is the kind of music one might envisage accompanying the dark, gothic romance of a Tim Burton animation. Wonderful. The waltz alone is worth the money for the CD.

The other tracks are full of energy and emotion (though for me, none quite match the Waltz), and special mention must go to the Sabre Dance, a piece that most people will know and cannot fail to enjoy.
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on 3 May 2015
Khachaturian is not as popular as he should be, except for the tunes everyone had heard but not known it was him. If you want to explore Khachaturian, sadly there are not as many recordings on offer as there should be. He carries the Russian tradition of fusing Russian music with the love of Orientalism. Had he lived a 100 years prior he would no doubt have been welcomed into the 'The Mighty 5' with open arms. It is true that at the start of the 20th century, Russian music evolved into Soviet music which sounded very different to the likes of Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov or Borodin. Except with Khachaturian, possibly because he was Armenian, the older exotic melodic tradition carried on.
I thought long and hard before ordering this CD by a conductor I never heard of but was tempted by the orchestra, as they are from Armenia. I have not regretted it for one instance. Tjeknovorian and his national orchestra play Khachaturian's most famous suites beautifully. They sound unlike anything western orchestras could come up with as such, if you want to once again be transported to another world, do not hesitate to make this your first choice. I can't imagine it getting any better.
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on 21 May 2014
Loved the whole album.
Used to dislike all modern composers. Now starting to come round. Will certainly follow up on this buy.
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on 8 November 2013
I enjoyed this, it's not top notch but has verve and gusto! Worth buying at such a good price and the sleeve design is ok too.
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on 28 December 2014
Yes-it takes one back, want more of Khachaturian.Another missing master.
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on 11 August 2014
songs and music to the expectation
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on 1 October 2012
very poor sound quality and performance not of high standard comes unpacked no jewel case and very few notes looks like a newspaper give away went in the bin
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