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Re: Khachaturian's "Bell" symphony
Edited by board administrator June 2, 2016, 8:49 am
Michael Wilkinson is a little dismissive of Khachaturian the symphonist in his interesting review of the new Naxos recording of Symphony 2. I rate all the symphonies highly, even the much-maligned No.3 with its 'Dr Phibes-like' organ passages. My own favourite version of No.2 is Neeme Jarvi's on Chandos with the Royal Scottish Orchestra with its wonderfully intimidating opening passage. I wish that RCA or someone else would issue Tjeknavorian's LSO recording of the fine Symphony 1 on CD; it is far superior to his later recording on ASV. I recognise that Khachaturian is not the equal of Shostakovich but I feel that his symphonies (along with the No.1 and 4 by Kabalevsky and No.2 'Motherland' by Popov) have been underrated.
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