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Khachaturian: Gayne; Russian Fantasy / Tjeknavorian


Release Date: 03/22/2005 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 65836   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Aram Khachaturian
Conductor:  Loris Tjeknavorian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic OrchestraLondon Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This celebrated recording of the almost-complete Gayne finally makes it to CD, and it's as fresh and exciting as you may remember. About 75 percent of the total score is here, as much as anyone really needs, arranged in optimal sequence for home listening. This makes perfect sense in a ballet whose plot hinges on the heroine ratting out her drunkard husband for sabotage of the collective farming effort (as if it needed any help to fail). There's also a thrilling sub-plot about a blind hunter who miraculously regains his sight in time to participate once again in the creation of the people's utopia.


Of course, the nicest thing about Khachaturian's music is that none of it pays the slightest heed to the above scenario:
Read more it's straight Romantic nationalism, and all of your favorite numbers, including the Saber Dance and the Lezghinka, come off brilliantly in impactful but somewhat glassy sonics. Loris Tjeknavorian and the National Philharmonic pick-up orchestra clearly are having a terrific time. The excerpts from Spartacus (Danse with Crotales, Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia, Bacchanale, Spartacus' Victory) and the Masquerade Suite have just as much oomph, and are even better engineered. Major league fun!
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Gayaneh by Aram Khachaturian
Conductor:  Loris Tjeknavorian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942/1957; USSR 
2.
Spartacus Suite no 1: Scene and Dance with Crotalums by Aram Khachaturian
Conductor:  Loris Tjeknavorian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955-1957; USSR 
3.
Spartacus Suite no 1: Dance of the Gaditanian Maidens and victory of Spartacus by Aram Khachaturian
Conductor:  Loris Tjeknavorian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955-1957; USSR 
4.
Spartacus: Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia by Aram Khachaturian
Conductor:  Loris Tjeknavorian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Modern 
Written: 1955 
5.
Spartacus Suite no 1: Variations of Aegina and Bacchanalia by Aram Khachaturian
Conductor:  Loris Tjeknavorian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955-1957; USSR 
6.
Masquerade: Suite by Aram Khachaturian
Conductor:  Loris Tjeknavorian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; USSR 
7.
Russian Fantasy by Aram Khachaturian
Conductor:  Loris Tjeknavorian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USSR 

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