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Khachaturian: Spartacus, Gayaneh & Masquerade Suites / Black

Release Date: 10/23/1989 
Label:  London/Decca Weekend Classics Catalog #: 417062   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Aram Khachaturian
Conductor:  Stanley Black
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

Spartacus Suites: Excerpt(s) by Aram Khachaturian
Conductor:  Stanley Black
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955-1967; USSR 
Gayaneh: Suite by Aram Khachaturian
Conductor:  Stanley Black
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USSR 
Masquerade: Suite by Aram Khachaturian
Conductor:  Stanley Black
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; USSR 

Sound Samples

Spartacus - Ballet Suite: Variation of Aegina & Bacchanalia
Spartacus - Ballet Suite: Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia
Spartacus - Ballet Suite: Dance of the Gaditanae
Masquerade - Ballet Suite: Waltz
Masquerade - Ballet Suite: Nocturne
Masquerade - Ballet Suite: Mazurka
Masquerade - Ballet Suite: Romance
Masquerade - Ballet Suite: Galop
Gayaneh: Sabre Dance
Gayaneh: Ayesha's Dance
Gayaneh: Dance of the Rose Maidens
Gayaneh: Lullaby
Gayaneh: Lezghinka

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Kachaturian';s Finest Music August 12, 2014 By Richard F. Buckley (South Park, PA) See All My Reviews "Khachaturian is an outstanding and underrated composer. His music is consistently exciting and pleasing to the ear. This offering is no exception. The selections are the finest. There are some problems with this disc, though. I hesitate to give any disc less than a five star review, because people will criticize it to no end. he sound engineering on this disc leaves much to be desired. These ears are not what they used to be, but I don't have a problem with my 200 or so other discs. I do with this one. On the adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia, the first half of this cut is played so quietly that it is barely possible to hear it; yet the second half is played so loud that I have to turn down the volume. This is true on at least 2 other cuts - the Dance of the Gaditanae from the Spartacus Suite and the Nocturne from the Masquerade Suite. Also, these three selections are played too slowly for my taste. I understand that Adagios and Nocturnes are expected to be played slowly, but in this case, the London Symphony Orchestra and Stanley Black go much too far in this direction. I love this music, but I feel that other conductors and orchestras have presented these selections in a much more pleasing way. See, for instance, Composers in Person: Aram Khachaturian Conducts Masquerade / Gayaneh / Violin Concerto on EMI Classics. That disc is missing the Spartacus Suite, but it more than makes up for it by including Kachaturian's Violin Concerto, and it features the composer himself conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra. Another comparable choice is Khachaturian: Spartacus, Gayaneh, Masquerade with Loris Tjeknavorian conducting the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra on the ASV label. There are others,but these are the most outstanding choices. On the other hand, the Waltz from Masquerade Suite, the Galop from the same suite, the ever popular Sabre Dance from the Gayaneh Suite and the other cuts featured on this disc are presented by the London Symphony Orchestra and Stanley Black with such expertise and vitality that the disc is really desirable. There is one other drawback with this CD. London/Decca really should know better. Instead of including notes about the composer, selections or musicians featured, they chose to include only advertising in their liner. This practice steers me away from purchasing any more discs from them in the future. They should let the quality - or lack of it - speak for itself, as far as I am concerned. This is not a bad disc, but,as I said, it has some drawbacks as far as I am concerned." Report Abuse
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