Khachaturian: Excerpts from Gayane & Spartacus

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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/11/2000
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028946031520
  • Catalog Number: 460315
  • Sales rank: 124,533

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Spartacus, ballet in 4 acts: Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia - Aram Khachaturian & Aram Khachaturian (9:08)
  2. 2 Spartacus, ballet in 4 acts: Variation of Aegina and Bacchanalia - Aram Khachaturian & Aram Khachaturian (3:19)
  3. 3 Spartacus, ballet in 4 acts: Scene and dance with crotala - Aram Khachaturian & Aram Khachaturian (3:39)
  4. 4 Spartacus, ballet in 4 acts: Dance of Gaditanae and victory of Spartacus - Aram Khachaturian & Aram Khachaturian (7:02)
  5. 5 Gayane, ballet in 4 acts: Sabre dance - Aram Khachaturian & Aram Khachaturian (2:25)
  6. 6 Gayane, ballet in 4 acts: Aysheh's awakening and dance - Aram Khachaturian & Aram Khachaturian (5:11)
  7. 7 Gayane, ballet in 4 acts: Lezghinka - Aram Khachaturian & Aram Khachaturian (2:43)
  8. 8 Gayane, ballet in 4 acts: Gayaneh's Adagio - Aram Khachaturian & Aram Khachaturian (4:17)
  9. 9 Gayane, ballet in 4 acts: Gopak - Aram Khachaturian & Aram Khachaturian (3:04)
  10. 10–13 The Seasons, ballet, Op. 67 - Alexander Glazunov & Ernest Ansermet (35:56)
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Ernest Ansermet Primary Artist
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