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Khachaturian: Excerpts from Gayane & Spartacus
     

Khachaturian: Excerpts from Gayane & Spartacus

by Ernest Ansermet
 
Aram Khachaturian went before Decca's microphones in 1962 to record his best-known music: highlights from the brightly colorful and rhythmically vibrant ballets "Spartacus," set in Ancient Rome, and "Gayaneh," which in good Social Realist fashion takes place on a collective farm. One excerpt from each ballet had already achieved the

Overview

Aram Khachaturian went before Decca's microphones in 1962 to record his best-known music: highlights from the brightly colorful and rhythmically vibrant ballets "Spartacus," set in Ancient Rome, and "Gayaneh," which in good Social Realist fashion takes place on a collective farm. One excerpt from each ballet had already achieved the status of a hit pop song: the languorous "Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia" from "Spartacus," and the irresistibly garish "Sabre Dance" from "Gayaneh." Khachaturian's readings spare no expense in lush indulgence or frantic energy, and the recorded sound, state-of-the-art at the time, still sounds remarkably vivid today. For those who only know the famous bits, rest assured that the other excerpts offer more of the same, resulting in a nonstop sonic spectacular. For this reissue, Decca has included a very different ballet score by an earlier, pre-Soviet Russian master, Alexander Glazunov. "The Seasons" is graceful and delicate, much in the tradition of Tchaikovsky's ballets, and Ernest Ansermet's 1966 recording of the score captures its elegant flavor with perfect balance and restraint.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/11/2000
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028946031520
catalogNumber:
460315

Tracks

  1. Spartacus, ballet in 4 acts: Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia
  2. Spartacus, ballet in 4 acts: Variation of Aegina and Bacchanalia
  3. Spartacus, ballet in 4 acts: Scene and dance with crotala
  4. Spartacus, ballet in 4 acts: Dance of Gaditanae and victory of Spartacus
  5. Gayane, ballet in 4 acts: Sabre dance
  6. Gayane, ballet in 4 acts: Aysheh's awakening and dance
  7. Gayane, ballet in 4 acts: Lezghinka
  8. Gayane, ballet in 4 acts: Gayaneh's Adagio
  9. Gayane, ballet in 4 acts: Gopak
  10. The Seasons, ballet, Op. 67

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