Music: Agreement in Boston

The U.S., at least, seemed to like what it had heard of Soviet Composer Aram Khachaturian's music: both his folk-tunish Gayane Ballet Suite and his flashy Masquerade Suite were among the top classical record sellers of the year. And his Sabre Dance (from Gayane) was becoming a jukebox nuisance. Last week, Bostonian symphony-goers heard his latest: the U.S. premiere of his new cello concerto.

Cellist Edmund Kurtz, who played it with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, was full of admiration for it—and also a bit worried. Said he: "There are so many rapid passages ....

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