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Khachaturian: Spartacus / Bolshoi Ballet

Khachaturian / Bolshoi Ballet / Vasilev / Liepa
Release Date: 12/02/2003 
Label:  Video Artists International   Catalog #: 4262  
Composer:  Aram Khachaturian
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The famed 1977 Grigorovich setting of Spartacus starring Vladimir Vasiliev as the heroic slave who leads the unsuccessful revolt against the Romans. Upon the film's release, the New York Times chief dance critic wrote: "Vladimir Vasiliev dances and acts on a heroic level that is the performance of a lifetime. Maris Liepa matches him on every point magnificently as the villain, Crassus. With its phalanxes confronting the camera head-on and its slow-motion shots of Vasiliev soaring through the sky, the film takes its chances. It is also one of the best dance films ever made." Natalia Bessmertnova dances the role of Friggia with melting lyricism. Also features Nina Timoeyeva. 95 min. Color

"Balanchine's admirers,
Read more loyal to his St. Petersburg training, tend to look askance at Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet in its Soviet heyday. "Spartacus," as choreographed by Yuri Grigorovich to Khachaturian's tub-thumping score, is often adduced as the nadir of Soviet macho ballet display. Yet even in the kind of attenuated performance offered by the current Bolshoi company last summer at the Metropolitan Opera House, the ballet has a populist kick. This 1977 film features Vladimir Vasiliev, the greatest of all Spartaci, and a supporting cast that does him proud." - NEW YORK TIMES
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Works on This Recording

Spartacus by Aram Khachaturian
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954/1968; USSR 

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