- Conductor: Michail Jurowski
- Composer: Aram Khachaturian
- Audio CD (27 Feb. 2012)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Double CD
- Label: Capriccio
- ASIN: B006O8K41W
- Other Editions: MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 133,172 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Khachaturian: Spartacus (Complete Recording) (Capriccio: C5112) Double CD
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Aram Khachaturian's famous ballet, Spartacus, was first produced for the Kirov Theatre in Leningrad in 1956 and choreographed several times until Yuri Grigorovich's 1968 version for the Bolshoi Ballet. It in was this version that Spartacus achieved worldwide success and this version forms the basis for the present CD recording.
This complete recording is performed by the Rias Chamber Choir, Deutsches Symphony Orchestra Berlin and conducted by Michail Jurowski.
Spartacus was once hailed as the most successful ballet since Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet. Khachaturian's music is conventional and catchy, so much so the BBC chose the Adagio from Act 3 of his ballet as the title music for the BBC drama The Onedin Line.
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However, that said it is a very good recording and brings to life this marvelous ballet. I am not a ballet enthusiast but judging by the tone of the music it must be a very energetic one. You either love or hate the music of Khatchaturian so there is no middle road, but this brings together all his composing qualities. It is such a shame that he is not wider known - apart from the Onedin Line (Spartacus), sabre dance and the waltz from Masquerade.
The price of this is also very good for such a long ballet.
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Enjoy & God bless :-)