Aram Khachaturian

Violin Concerto in D minor (also arranged for violin & piano)

    Description by Graham Olson

    The particular élan that characterizes Aram Khachaturian's concerti has no doubt contributed to their continued popularity, and indeed, the Violin Concerto (1940) takes a place among the staples of the twentieth century violin repertoire. The concerto bears the unmistakable stamp of its composer in its characteristic rhythmic drive and rich, folk-infused melodies. The first movement begins with a fierce, energetic figure, played in unison, that eventually evolves into the rustically lyrical second subject. The intoxicating Andante sostenuto second movement, redolent of the undulating, gradually unfolding style of ashugs (Armenian folk musicians), has a free-flowing, semi-improvisatory feel. Based largely on material from the first movement's secondary theme, the highly folk-influenced finale takes the form of a vigorous Armenian country dance in which the solo violin figures prominently with unrelenting, fiery virtuosity.

    Khachaturian wrote the Violin Concerto for David Oistrakh, the dedicatee of so many mid-century Russian violin concerti. Oistrakh was the soloist at the work's premiere on November 16, 1940.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Allegro con fermezza
    2. Andante sostenuto
    3. Allegro vivace

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2017 Praga / Praga Digitals PRD 250373
    2017 Rhine Classics RH 001
    2016 Avanti AVANTI 10472
    2016 PentaTone Classics PTC 5186591
    2015 Warner Classics 0825646129959
    2014 Onyx Classics ONYX 4121
    2014 Alto MCSCD 1255
    2014 RPO RPOSP 046
    2013 Entertainment Group 14181
    2012 Supraphon SU 41002
    2012 Guild GHCD 2394
    2012 Entertainment Group 12607
    2012 Entertainment Group 107556
    2012 Decca / Mercury Living Presence 001653302
    2012 MDG / Zebralution
    2011 Entertainment Group 1017
    2011 Entertainment Group 1018
    2011 Melodiya 1001805
    2011 Haenssler / Hänssler Classic 94207
    2011 PentaTone Classics PTC 5186500
    2011 Deutsche Grammophon 4779827
    2011 Deutsche Grammophon
    2010 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099962789
    2010 Warner Classics
    2010 Non Profit Music 812
    2009 Denon Records
    2009 Denon Records
    2009 Naxos 8570988
    2008 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099921757
    2008 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099921471
    2008 Warner Classics
    2008 Regis Records 1300
    2008 EMI Music Distribution 3615702
    2008 MDG 6421508
    2007 Marquis Records 81339
    2007 LPO 97
    2006 EMI Classics
    2006 EMI Music Distribution / Warner Classics 0946361571
    2006 Brilliant 93030
    2006 Artek 31-2
    2006 Vanguard 1656
    2005 Edition HERA 2104
    2004 Praga PR50017
    2004 Orfeo 623041
    2004 Naxos 8555919
    2004 PentaTone Classics 5186059
    2003 Decca 000151002
    2003 Naïve V 4959
    2002 Classica d'Oro 2013
    2002 Chandos CHAN9866
    2002 Classica d'Oro 9006
    2001 Vox Classics 7904
    2000 RCA 63708
    1999 Praga 256007
    1997 Pearl 9295
    1996 London 448252
    1995 Russian Disc 15009
    1995 EMI Music Distribution 83177
    1994 EMI Music Distribution 555035-2
    1994 Russian Disc RDCD11012
    1993 Vanguard 8035
    1993 Praga 250017
    1993 Cambria 1063
    1993 EMI Music Distribution 64617
    1992 Mercury 434318
    1992 Chandos 8918
    1992 Nimbus 5277
    1985 EMI Music Distribution 47087
    Vanguard Classics 8888
    LPO 22
    EMI Music Distribution 4215
    Multisonic 310038
    Vox 5120
    Arlecchino 117
    Biddulph Recordings 079
    Russian Revelation 10065
    Collins Records 1383
    Prelude 2158
    Brilliant 93030/7
    Deutsche Grammophon 435767
    Arlecchino 63