KHACHATURIAN (Documentary, 2003)

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Khachaturian
Rosen, Peter - Television Director
Concerto-Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra


Year of Production: 2003
Playing Time: 02:14:31
Catalogue Number: EUROARTS5827
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This film is about the life of a composer creating in the darkness of a tragic era. As we will see, like most Soviet citizens, Khachaturian hid a complex private life behind a mask of Communist loyalty. Khachaturian was the President of the powerful Composer's Union of the Soviet Union, and as a communist party functionary wielded great influence over the course of Russian music. However, he was also a comrade and personal friend to the dissident composers of the time – Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and others. This documentary shows the fine line a man had to tread between being a loyal party functionary on the one hand, and a fighter for artistic freedom on the other.

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