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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.
Reissue of previously released title.
Aram Il'yich Khachaturian: Spartacus (1968 Bolshoi version) (arr. Y. Grigorovich)
Act I: March of the gladiators and the Egyptian dancing-girl
Act I: Phrygia's dance and scene of separation
Act I: Dance of a Greek slaves
Act I: Scene and Dance with Crotales
Act I: Etruscan dance
Act I: Aegina's variation and Bacchanalia
Act I: Flight of the blindfold gladiators
Act I: Gladiator's death
Act I: Revolt of the slaves and Phrygia's jubilation
Act II: The Via Appia and Dance of the shepherd and shepherdess
Act II: Slaves' variation and Dance on the shields
Act II: Arrival of Spartacus and his narrative
Act II: Parting of Spartacus and Phrygia
Act II: Introduction and Dance of the nymphs
Act II: Aegina's dance
Act II: Adagio of Aegina and Crassus
Act II: Adagio
Act II: Crassus's dance
Act II: Dance of the Gaditanian Maidens - Victory of Spartacus
Act II: Spartacus and Crassus fight
Act III: Crassus and Aegina
Act III: Bustle
Act III: Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia
Act III: Scene
Act III: Entry of Spartacus
Act III: Entry of the Merchants - General dance
Act III: Aegina's dance
Act III: General dance
Act III: Entry of Spartacus, quarrel and Harmodius' treachery