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Khachaturian: Spartacus, Suite No. 4 / Masquerade / Circus
 
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Khachaturian: Spartacus, Suite No. 4 / Masquerade / Circus

1 Oct. 1996 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Oct. 1996
  • Release Date: 1 Oct. 1996
  • Label: Naxos
  • Copyright: (C) 1996 Naxos
  • Total Length: 1:11:43
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  • ASIN: B001LYJ262
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,755 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER on 28 Jan. 2014
Format: Audio CD
Khachaturian's liking for depicting large-scale spectacle in aural terms resulted in music which reminds me both in texture and mood of Respighi's grander conceptions, although the less often heard fourth suite from his ballet "Spartacus" is less striking than the previous three. Khachaturian claimed, with some justification, that a Soviet artist was freer than Western composers in thrall to the demands of Modernism; certainly I find myself enjoying more conservative idiom more readily than his more progressive contemporaries. However, I bought this disc mainly for the "Masquerade" suite with ironic jollity undercut by an air of menace, as if the waltzes and mazurkas of "Eugene Onegin" were infected with knowledge of the pogroms. Khachaturian’s oddly seductive and compulsive melodic gifts are frequently in evidence; he wrote the kind of music inclined to give the listener a persistent ear-worm.

The recording quality and production values here live up to Naxos's habitual high standard, although there are times when I feel that both the excellent orchestras here could be lighter on their feet and bring more spring to what remains essentially dance music. The emphasis is upon weight and impact of sound. Anthologies offering selections from "Spartacus, Gayaneh and Masquerade abound - other good bets are the compilations conducted by Simonov with the RPO on the Alto, Regis or Tring super-bargain labels but this one will satisfy, too, especially as it also offers the barnstorming "Circus", a huge tone poem in itself despite lasting only thirteen minutes. A further bonus is the five movements of the "Dance Suite", although I am less taken with its music than I am with the preceding items.
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Amazon.com: 4 reviews
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A very fine Khachaturin disc 20 Feb. 2003
By Joshua Kaufman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This CD contains some familiar, and some not-so-familiar Khachaturian music. To start off is Spartacus Suite #4. Obviously not the most well known peices from the ballet, especially as most discs have at most suites 1-3. The pieces here are ok, but nothing major. And they are done better in the full length recording on Capriccio.

Next is the Masquerade suite, by far the most well known music here. The recording here is not bad, maybe a bit sluggish, but the music itself is so great, especially the waltz, that it outweights the recording faults. The next piece, Music From The Ballet: Circus, is the reason a Khachaturian lover should get this disc. It's the only recording -- and it's a great little bit of music. It lives up to its name -- happy, fast, virtuostic, etc. Well worth listening to.

The final piece, the Dance Suite, is given a good run here. This piece is great, as it contains the "other" lezghinka that Khachaturian wrote (he actually prefered this one). The recording on this one is pretty good. And overall, the sound quality is fine, basically what one would expect from Mid-90s Naxos. So I can recommend this to anyone who likes Khachaturian music, but if you're looking only for the Masqerade Suite, there are better choices -- however this is not a bad one.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Pleasing but not the best 5 April 2008
By Peter Chordas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I grew up listening to the "masquerade suite" and was glad to own this recording for years as a substitute to the one I heard in my youth. But guess what? It's now reissued and out on CD! The one I'm talking about is conducted by Kiril Kondrashin and it is superior to this one. The tempi are more appropriately matched. The "nocturne" and "romance" will enthrall you and you'll keep playing it over and over again.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A bargain anthology very representative of Khachaturian's histrionic gifts 28 Jan. 2014
By Ralph Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Khachaturian's liking for depicting large-scale spectacle in aural terms resulted in music which reminds me both in texture and mood of Respighi's grander conceptions, although the less often heard fourth suite from his ballet "Spartacus" is less striking than the previous three. Khachaturian claimed, with some justification, that a Soviet artist was freer than Western composers in thrall to the demands of Modernism; certainly I find myself enjoying more conservative idiom more readily than his more progressive contemporaries. However, I bought this disc mainly for the "Masquerade" suite with ironic jollity undercut by an air of menace, as if the waltzes and mazurkas of "Eugene Onegin" were infected with knowledge of the pogroms. Khachaturian’s oddly seductive and compulsive melodic gifts are frequently in evidence; he wrote the kind of music inclined to give the listener a persistent ear-worm.

The recording quality and production values here live up to Naxos's habitual high standard, although there are times when I feel that both the excellent orchestras here could be lighter on their feet and bring more spring to what remains essentially dance music. The emphasis is upon weight and impact of sound. Anthologies offering selections from "Spartacus, Gayaneh and Masquerade abound - other good bets are the compilations conducted by Simonov with the RPO on the Alto, Regis or Tring super-bargain labels but this one will satisfy, too, especially as it also offers the barnstorming "Circus", a huge tone poem in itself despite lasting only thirteen minutes. A further bonus is the five movements of the "Dance Suite", although I am less taken with its music than I am with the preceding items.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
KHACHATURIAN WALTZ MESMERIZES 30 Jan. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The whole CD is fabulous. My favorite part is Masquerade. It lifts you up into a world of opulence and frivolity. You can feel yourself whirling around the dance floor with great abandon. What a way to leave the daily routine behind.
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