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Khachaturian: Spartacus; Glazunov / Khachaturian


Release Date: 04/11/2000 
Label:  London/Decca Legends Catalog #: 460315   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Aram KhachaturianAlexander Glazunov
Conductor:  Aram KhachaturianErnest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic OrchestraSuisse Romande Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: n/a 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The BBC TV series The Onedin Line popularised the 'Adagio' from Khachaturian's Spartacus (a perfect musical backdrop to the romantic image of a sailing ship). The composer recorded his selections from both ballets in the Sofiensaal in 1962, and the playing is wonderfully fresh, the sound spectacular. In Ansermet's Seasons, the SRO violins cannot match their Viennese colleagues for opulence, but this remains a vintage Ansermet performance, the conductor's meticulous ear for detail again being helped by fine engineering.

-- Ivan March, Gramophone [5/2000]
The BBC TV series The Onedin Line popularised the 'Adagio' from Khachaturian's Spartacus (a perfect musical backdrop to the romantic image of a sailing ship). The composer recorded his selections from both ballets in the Sofiensaal in 1962, and the playing is wonderfully fresh, the sound spectacular. In Ansermet's Seasons, the SRO violins cannot match their Viennese colleagues for opulence, but this remains a vintage Ansermet performance, the conductor's meticulous ear for detail again being helped by fine engineering.

-- Ivan March, Gramophone [5/2000]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Spartacus: Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia by Aram Khachaturian
Conductor:  Aram Khachaturian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Modern 
Written: 1955 
2.
Spartacus Suite no 1: Variations of Aegina and Bacchanalia by Aram Khachaturian
Conductor:  Aram Khachaturian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955-1957; USSR 
3.
Spartacus Suite no 1: Scene and Dance with Crotalums by Aram Khachaturian
Conductor:  Aram Khachaturian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955-1957; USSR 
4.
Spartacus Suite no 1: Dance of the Gaditanian Maidens and victory of Spartacus by Aram Khachaturian
Conductor:  Aram Khachaturian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955-1957; USSR 
5.
Gayaneh: Sabre Dance by Aram Khachaturian
Conductor:  Aram Khachaturian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942/1957; USSR 
6.
Gayaneh: Suite no 1 - Ayshe's awakening and dance by Aram Khachaturian
Conductor:  Aram Khachaturian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USSR 
7.
Gayaneh: Lezghinka by Aram Khachaturian
Conductor:  Aram Khachaturian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942/1957; USSR 
8.
Gayaneh: Adagio by Aram Khachaturian
Conductor:  Aram Khachaturian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942/1957; USSR 
9.
Gayaneh: Gopak by Aram Khachaturian
Conductor:  Aram Khachaturian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942/1957; USSR 
10.
The Seasons, Op. 67 by Alexander Glazunov
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Russia 

Sound Samples

Spartacus: Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia
Spartacus: Variation of Aegina & Bacchanalia
Spartacus: Scene & Dance with Crotalums
Spartacus: Scene of the Gaditanae Maidens & Victory of Spartacus
Gayaneh: Sabre Dance
Gayaneh: Ayesha's Dance
Gayaneh: Lezghinka
Gayaneh: Gayaneh's Adagio
Gayaneh: Gopak
The Seasons, Op.67: 1. Winter
The Seasons, Op.67: 2. Spring
The Seasons, Op.67: 3. Summer
The Seasons, Op.67: 4. Autumn

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 It is what it is January 16, 2014 By Donald B. (Paradise, PA) See All My Reviews "Khachaturian is Khachaturian, and I love to listen to his music for a change after too much Mozart or Shostokovich. But I have heard his music better conducted than he conducts it himself. This is the kind of music Ormandy did wonders with. He loved it. And you have to love it to play the passion without being embarrassed by it. My feeling is very personal, but I suspect that the orchestra - and even the composer/conductor - were wishing they were playing Firebird." Report Abuse
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