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Khatchaturian: Spartacus & Gayaneh [Import]

Bournemouth Symphony , Kirill Karabits , Aram Khachaturian Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony
  • Conductor: Kirill Karabits
  • Composer: Aram Khachaturian
  • Audio CD (January 11, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • ASIN: B0042ZUNL0
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,987 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Introduction- Dance of the Nymphs (Spartacus- excerpts)
2. Adagio of Aegina and Harmodius
3. Variation of Aegina and Bacchanalia
4. Scene and Dance with Crotala
5. Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia
6. Dance of the Gaditanian Maidens
7. Dance of Friends (Gayaneh- excerpts)
8. Carpet embroidery scene
9. Lezginka
10. Uzundara
11. Dance of the Girls
12. Scene and Dance
13. Aysha and Gayane
14. Aysha's Monologue
15. Dance of the mountaineers
16. Sword dance
17. Hopak

Editorial Reviews

Kirill Karabits is without doubt one of the most exciting conductors of the younger generation. Now principal conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, his reputation over two seasons has continued to spread around the world and the steady stream of great artists working with him and the BSO is testament to his artistry and huge talent. This CD is the first release in the new partnership between the BSO and ONYX. Khachaturian s vividly colorful and deliciously tuneful ballet scores have been popular as orchestral showpieces ever since the ballets had their premieres. Kirill has made his own selection from the score, and those who want the famous Adagio from Spartacus and the Sabre Dance from Gayaneh will not be disappointed.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Gramophone raved about this recording. July 13, 2012
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"I remember an HMV 78rpm record arriving in the immediate post-war era containing three dances from Gayaneh, including the celebrated "Sabre Dance", which caused an immediate sensation and straight away becoming a popular classical hit. Around the same time Max Rostal premiered the Violin Concerto (Khachaturian's finest work) in London and I thought a major new Russian composer had arrived. But it was not to be. Much of his music is disappointing. Robert Layton wrote of the Second Symphony: "Its musical value is roughly in reverse proportion to the amount of noise made (and it is a very loud and very long score indeed)". It was obvious from a complete RCA recording of the original score of Gayaneh, by the National Symphony Orchestra under Tjeknavorian, that Gayaneh was his finest extended work. Alas, later the composer rescored its music, not always to advantage. However, Khachaturian came to the West in 1962 and recorded superbly for Decca five items from Gayaneh and four from its successor, Spartacus, with the Vienna Philharmonic. Subsequently the BBC used the spectacularly beautiful "Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia" (truly worthy of Tchaikovsky) as theme music for their TV production of The Onedin Line. But my later visit to a Russian production of Spartacus itself in London revealed that it was very long, its music uneven and its choreography often spectacularly vulgar. All this is a preamble to the present disc, so outstandingly played by the excellent Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under Kirill Karabits. Read more ›
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