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Reviews of new classical releases: Khachaturian `Sonata & dances´

The Dallas Morning News

August 27, 2003, Wednesday

Reviews of new classical music releases

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KHACHATURIAN “Sonata and Dances” Udagawa, Berezovsky (Koch 3-7571-2
HI) Grade: B+

Some composers are fated to be known by one or two famous pieces,
while the rest of their work languishes in obscurity. One such was
Aram Khachaturian. The Armenian composer was one of the leading
lights of Soviet music in the middle of the 20th century, but on this
side of the Atlantic he was known almost exclusively for his “Sabre
Dance,” an exciting work that even got air play on commercial radio
and TV.

A new CD from Koch should widen the perspective of its listeners.
Violinist Hideko Udagawa and pianist Boris Berezovsky play 12
compositions by Khachaturian. The disc is being released to coincide
with the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth (he died in 1978).

An arrangement of “Sabre Dance” concludes the disc, but the rest will
be terra incognita for the typical listener. Included are a 1932
sonata for violin and piano and 10 brief pieces for the two
instruments. The quality of the music is consistently high, with
attractive melodies and harmonies, and often a distinct folk
influence. Udagawa and Berezovsky make this a very pleasant hour of
listening.

Olin Chism

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