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Khachaturian: Ballet Music from Gayaneh, Spartacus, Masquerade [CD]

Aram Il'yich Khachaturian , André Anichanov , St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: André Anichanov
  • Composer: Aram Il'yich Khachaturian
  • Audio CD (31 Oct 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0000014GC
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,659 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Gayane: Sabre Dance 2:26£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Gayane: Dance of the Girls 2:31£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Gayane: Dances of the Boys 2:18£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Gayane: Lullaby 5:15£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Gayane: Choosing the Bride 3:03£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Gayane: Gayane and Giko 2:51£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Gayane: Dance of the Comrades 1:51£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Gayane: Gayane's Adagio 5:00£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Spartacus: Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia 8:32Album Only
Listen10. Spartacus: Dance of a Greek Slave 2:23£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Spartacus: Adagio of Aegina and Harmodius 6:49£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Spartacus: Variation of Aegina and Bacchanalia 4:17£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Spartacus: Scene and Dance with Crotala 3:25£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Spartacus: Dance of the Gaditanae - Victory of Spartacus 6:47£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Spartacus: Dance of an Egyptian Girl 3:56£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Masquerade: Waltz 4:18£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Masquerade: Nocturne 3:53£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Masquerade: Mazurka 2:46£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Masquerade: Romance 3:12£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Masquerade: Gallop 3:09£0.69  Buy MP3 

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By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER
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There are at least six pieces here that should be recognisable outside of their balletic context by the classical music listener, which shows how well Khachaturian's music has proved to be amenable to different milieus. The adagio from `Spartacus' became the theme tune to `The Onedin Line', whilst the adagio from `Gayane' featured in Kubrick's `2001, A Space Odyssey', both adagios a long way from their original context set in the famous slave revolt of ancient Rome and the collective farms of Soviet Armenia respectively.

On this disc we have extracts taken from his three ballets `Masquerade' (1941), `Gayane' (1942), and `Spartacus' (1954). Combining the exoticism of Rimsky Korsakov and an eastern (Armenian) ear for colour, Aram Khachaturian was a master of orchestration. Throughout these pieces, one can compare and rank Khachaturian as an equal of his contemporaries Prokofiev and Shostakovich in this genre, and also with Borodin, Tchaikovsky, and even Ravel.

Some Naxos CDs are brilliant, some are very poor; this one's quality is middling. One senses that this is not due just to the orchestra's performance, but that also the CD's production has contributed. The sound is not as clear as one would have liked, being a little to distant; rather than playing `here', the orchestra are playing `over there'. But the orchestra are not totally blameless, for there is occasionally an echoing fragility in the strings, especially in the all-important adagios. The playing in `Dance of the Gaditanae-Victory of Spartacus' is frankly quite embarrassing, and yet one can enthuse over the playing in the following `Dance of an Egyptian Girl'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Master of the big Russian composers 10 Aug 2013
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If you like Rachmaninov and the other great Russian writers for big orchestras, you will go wild at this superb ballet collection form one of the world's most creative composers. I was less familiar with these compositions but this music is beautiful, dramatic and moving in its impact, even if you never see the rarely performed ballets. How can such composers create such complex yet essentially simple music that brings tears to your eyes. You may guess that I love this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music 13 Mar 2013
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A really pleasurable recording - the ballets are not performed so frequently these days but the music is typical of Khachaturian and the feel of "Russia"
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful introduction to Khachaturian 13 Sep 2010
By John O'Neill - Published on Amazon.com
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This disc opens with Khachaturian's famous "Sabre Dance" from his ballet "Gayane" but there is so much more to this generous disc which features 79 minutes of highlights from Khachaturian's two famous ballets, "Gayane" and "Spartacus", plus the suite of incidental music composed for a production of "Masquerade". The "Sabre Dance" is the item that is probably most familiar to the casual classical music listener but most will also recognize the georgeous "Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia", frantic "Gallop" and sumptuous "Waltz" from "Masquerade", and the haunting "Gayane's Adgio" which, scored solely for strings, heavily influenced the opening title of James Horner's score for "Aliens".

The rest of the excerpts, most between 2 and 6 minutes, are varied in terms of style and mood and are all delightful and atmospheric. Although Aram Khachaturian was Armenian he was trained at the Moscow Conservatory and the influence is clearly heard in his music, which at times reminds me of Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov at their best while always maintaining his own unique musical language.

These selections, recorded between 1993 and 1994 and culled from three previous Naxos CDs [Khachaturian: Spartacus (Suites Nos. 1-3), Khachaturian: Gayanne Suites Nos. 1-3, Khachaturian: Spartacus Suite No. 4; Maquerade; Circus; Dance Suite], sound excellent and Andre Anichanov has a wonderful feel for this music which is reflected in his sympathetic conducting of the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra. For me this set trumps the Yuri Temirkanov (with the RPO on EMI) [Khachaturian: Gayaneh & Spartacus Suites] recording which is enjoyable but short on material (only 51 minutes): it contains nothing from "Masquerade" and omits the must-hear "Gayane's Adagio". The "Masquerade" suite conducted by Kiril Kondrashin on RCA Living Stereo [Khachaturian: Masquerade Suite; Kabalevsky: The Comedians; Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien; Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol / Kondrashin] is an excellent alternative for those selections but that is the only Khachaturian you will get on that disc: the balance consists of Tchaikovsky's "Capriccio Italien", Rimsky-Korsakov's "Capriccio Espagnol" (both recorded better elsewhere) and Kabalevky's suite from "The Comediens".

This is a great sampler recording for those new to the composer and those more familiar looking for a generously-filled disc of highlights.
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I wanted. 3 May 2014
By Elaine Bossman - Published on Amazon.com
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I wanted a CD with Khachaturian's music, and found exactly what I wanted. The package arrived quickly, making this purchase a positive experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Recording 24 Feb 2014
By Loves Books and Music - Published on Amazon.com
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This entire CD is very enjoyable although I especially like Spartacus just because it happens to be a favorite. This truly is a very nice compilation for those wishing to get a perspective on Khachaturian's works.
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