October 1, 2003 |
Quietly obscured by this year's dominant Berlioz bicentennial is another milestone: the centennial of the birth of the great Armenian composer -- indeed, the Armenian Tchaikovsky -- Aram Khachaturian. The mainstream musical institutions are just passing this one by, and record labels have not taken up the cause aside from a handful of single discs.
January 31, 2009
In his Jan. 24 review of the Los Angeles Philharmonic ["Major Soloist, Minor Work"], Chris Pasles compared Gil Shaham's performance of Aram Khachaturian's Violin Concerto with that of the piece's dedicatee and its original champion -- the legendary David Oistrakh -- stating that "Shaham, unlike the stern-faced Oistrakh, displayed exemplary warmth in his playing." If warmth of playing is measured by the number of beatific smiles on the soloist's face, then Shaham, who is without a doubt a very fine violinist, would certainly be in a class all by himself.
April 22, 1986 |
Emotions ran high at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Sunday. Billed as an "Armenian Spirit Concert," commemorating "the 71st anniversary of the Genocide," the event also served as a homecoming for conductor Varujan Kojian, who had served as assistant concertmaster with the Los Angeles Philharmonic some years back. The ex-Utah Symphony music director led his new orchestra, the Santa Barbara Symphony, in works by Armenian composers Richard Yardumian, Aram Khachaturian and--Rimsky-Korsakov?
September 8, 2001 |
In recent seasons, Mahler's seminal First Symphony, which had tended to be neglected by the Los Angeles Philharmonic in favor of its more grandiose, subsequent fellows, has become something of a signature piece. The close attention and affection of Esa-Pekka Salonen--who, for instance, showcased the work in the fall of 1999--achieved this. The orchestra returned to its beauties Thursday, on the second and final program led by guest conductor Adam Fischer.
May 6, 1996 |
The chance to hear the Armenian Philharmonic at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Friday offered the curious listener a rather mysterious prospect. Yerevan, the orchestra's home, is not generally thought of as a classical music capital. Was this going to be exotic or painful or what?
May 22, 1990 |
If Mehli Mehta had ended the 25th anniversary season of his American Youth Symphony on less than an invigorating, powerful and heartfelt note, he would have surprised a few of the faithful. Predictably, the 81-year-old conductor didn't do either Sunday at Royce Hall, UCLA. Nor was that likely with a program of 20th-Century Soviets--big-boned music of Prokofiev, Khachaturian and Shostakovich, the kind this orchestra trainer regularly gives his young charges with great success.