Monday, August 20, 2012

Khatchaturian: Piano Concerto, Etc

Dramatic in impact was the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, 1935-36, of Khachaturian, which won fulsome praise. The work uses every instrument of a large orchestra, making it a spectacular concert hall piece. Its popularity in the Soviet Union was immediate and permanent, and when it was introduced to American audiences in 1942, it quickly became a staple part of the performing repertoire of a number of pianists, rapidly making the transitions to records.

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