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Khachaturian: Spartacus, Suites Nos. 1- 3

Khachaturian: Spartacus, Suites Nos. 1- 3

October 24, 1995

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 24, 1995
  • Label: Naxos
  • Copyright: (C) 1995 Naxos
  • Total Length: 1:09:22
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  • ASIN: B000QQR31C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,088 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Erik Homenick on April 2, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I feel it is necessary to give this disc a fair review based on what it is, not what it's not. The other comments made about this album seem to to focus on the fact this not a recording of the complete ballet. True, this CD only features 3 suites from the epic work by Aram Khachaturian, but that should not take away from what music is here, and the quality of its sound.

Khachaturian was a master of orchestration, and the lushness of his SPARTACUS music is wonderfully brought to life by André Anichanov and the St. Petersburg Orchestra. Don't let Naxos's budget price fool you; this is a top-of-the-line, world class performance with rich, deep sound that will give your speakers a good thrashing if you choose to crank up the volume. (Khachaturian is meant to be enjoyed LOUD!)

Yes, a recording of the complete ballet would have been very welcome, but this disc is what it is and should not be discounted because it is "incomplete." If you can put aside the fact that this is, in essence, a "best of" SPARTACUS recording, you will be capitavted by the terrific music presented. Indeed, the glass is half full, not half empty.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TM on February 19, 2010
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There is no complete recording of Spartacus ballet on CD at this time. However, there are a variety of DVD recordings available for those that wish to listening to the entire ballet. Still, the recording being reviewed is of ballet suites NOT the entire ballet, so taking away points for it not being what it isn't is somewhat dull witted (don't you think?). Anichanov's recording of these three suites also happens to be the best performance available on any label. I'm happy to have discovered it. For more fine Khachaturian recordings you should look into the Anichanov renderings of the Masquerade and Gayaneh ballet suites.

Finally, if you can't get enough of the music from the Spartacus ballet, try watching the 1994 film "The Hudsucker Proxy" from Joel and Ethan Coen, staring Tim Robbins, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Paul Newman. The soundtrack is nothing but a Spartacus adaptation by Carter Burwell. Frankly, I think Khachaturian would have been delighted with this exploit, as the music turns the film into a visually melodic, almost ballet-like rendering. It's great fun!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Thomas G. Waldo on February 22, 2011
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This note is to clarify some of the previously posted reviews. To begin with, David Hurwitz erroneously states that the Adagio from Spartacus was used in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, when in fact it was the Adagio from the Gayanne that was used. Secondly, there is indeed a presently available, digital recording of the full Spartacus ballet on Capriccio by the Berlin Radio Orchestra under Jurowski, though I don't know if it's available on Amazon (this is where I bought it initially anyway). That said, I'd advise sticking with the suites. The full ballet comes complete with an off-stage chorus and is so overblown that one cringes in embarrasment at times. It is otherwise a fine performance with better than average recording, if you're willing to stick it out to get to the good passages.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 16, 2013
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A great recording of all three suites. The only thing better is the full ballet. Excellent audio quality as well.
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