Khachaturian: Spartacus

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Khachaturian: Spartacus



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27th Feb 2012




2 hours 16 minutes


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Khachaturian: Spartacus

Bolshoi Theatre Moscow Version

Rias-Kammerchor & Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, Michail Jurowski

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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

Act III: Final battle

Act III: Spartacus's path

Act III: Death of Spartacus and Requiem

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