Aram Khachaturian

March 25, 2017
Soviet Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian in the Netherlands in 1971

Soviet Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian in the Netherlands in 1971

By Mieremet, Rob / Anefo - Fotocollectie Anefo. Nationaal Archief, Den Haag, nummertoegang 2.24.01.05, bestanddeelnummer 924-9784., CC BY-SA 3.0 nl, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=35017517

In the later 1940s, the music of Aram Khachaturian became very popular in the United States, especially music such as "Sabre Dance" from his wartime ballet "Gayane." Among the first to record this music was the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Efrem Kurtz, who was born in Russia and who was very experienced in presenting ballet music. 

On this week's Classics of the Phonograph, Saturday at 11 am on WILL-FM, we will hear some of these early Khachaturian recordings.  


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