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A Powerful Statement

Khachaturian from Yablonsky
and the Russian Philharmonic -
heard by GEOFF PEARCE

'The orchestra and conductor are superb, and committed to bringing out the very best of this music ...'

Khachaturian: Symphony No 2 'The Bell'; Lermontov Suite. Russian Philharmonic Orchestra / Dmitry Yablonsky. © 2016 Naxos Rights US Inc

Generally I am a big fan of twentieth century Russian music. I listened to Khachaturian's Symphony No 2 from end to end, then heard certain sections of it several times, to get to grips with it, but even though the composer called it a 'Requiem of wrath ... of protest against war and violence', it did not have quite the same impact on me as the symphonies or other works on the subject of war by Shostakovich or Prokofiev. I don't quite know why — there was no lack of grimness, power or the cold but tremendous build-ups of tension, but it is certainly a powerful statement and deserves to be performed much more often...

Copyright © 1 June 2016 Geoff Pearce,
Sydney, Australia

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KHACHATURIAN: SYMPHONY NO 2

ARAM KHACHATURIAN

MOSCOW

RUSSIA

ARMENIA

ORCHESTRAL MUSIC

NAXOS

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