Aram Khatchaturian (1903-1978) - Concerto For Piano LP - Yakov Flier
Aram Khachaturian's Piano Concerto in D-flat major, Op. 38, was composed in 1936. It was his first work to bring him recognition in the West, and it immediately entered the repertoire of many notable pianists.
The Piano Concerto was the first of three concertos Khachaturian wrote for the individual members of a renowned Soviet piano trio that performed together from 1941 until 1963. The others were: the Violin Concerto for David Oistrakh (1940); and the Cello Concerto for Sviatoslav Knushevitsky (1946).
The Piano Concerto in D-flat was written for Lev Oborin, who premiered it in Moscow on 12 July 1937, with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra under L. Shteinberg.
The piece is in three movements: the first movement, Allegro ma non troppo e maestoso, makes extensive use of the three-note theme of F, B-double-flat, and A-flat. The second movement, Andante con anima, is one of the few major classical pieces to make use of a flexatone. The third movement, Allegro brillante, caps the piece in an exciting manner.
Aram Khatchaturian - Piano Concerto in D-flat major Op. 38
Piano: Yakov Flier - Kirill Kondrashin & The Moscow Philharmonic