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‘Not a hair of a note was out of place; this was a performance by a world-class orchestra’ The Times
Kirill Karabits is without doubt one of the most exciting conductors of the younger generation.
Now principal conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, his reputation over two seasons has continued to spread around the world, and the steady stream of great artists working with him and the BSO is testament to his artistry and huge talent.
This CD is the first release in the new partnership between the BSO and ONYX.
Khachaturian’s vividly colourful and deliciously tuneful ballet scores have been popular as orchestral showpieces ever since the ballets had their premieres.
Kirill has made his own selection from the score, and those who want the famous Adagio from Spartacus and the Sabre Dance from Gayaneh will not be disappointed!
The second BSO release from ONYX will appear in 2011, and the programme will be Tchaikovsky’s Second Symphony and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.
Spartacus: Introduction - Dance of the Nymphs
Spartacus: Adagio of Aegina and Harmodius
Spartacus: Variation of Aegina and Bacchanalia
Spartacus: Scene and Dance with Crotala
Spartacus: Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia
Spartacus: Dance of the Gaditanian Maidens
Gayaneh: Dance of Friends
Gayaneh: Carpet embroidery scene
Gayaneh: Dance of the Girls
Gayaneh: Scene and Dance
Gayaneh: Aysha and Gayane
Gayaneh: Aysha's monologue
Gayaneh: Dance of the mountaineers
Gayaneh: Sword Dance
11th November 2010
“Karabits is notably good on the contrast between Roman decadence and revolutionary nobility...though Karabits is more interested in love than armies, the one fight scene he includes is electrifying...But it's the hair-raising Lezginka, placed earlier, that leaves you open-mouthed.”
12th November 2010
“the consistently rewarding feature is the way that Karabits so astutely guides the BSO in terms of colour, rhythm and shapely phrasing, bringing admirable delicacy to these scores as well as the ripeness for which they are renowned.”
The Independent on Sunday
5th December 2010
“Karabits downplays the bodice-ripping elements, seamlessly blending perfumed woodwind and strings. An intelligent reading of music that nevertheless smacks of figure-skating.”
“[Karabits] is totally sympathetic to Khachaturian's music and includes most of the best numbers from both ballets...This is now easily the best disc of Khachaturian's music in the catalogue, full of vibrant life and seductive lyricism, and the recording (made this year in the Lighthouse, Poole) is first class in every respect. Not to be missed.”
“Karabits elicits thrillingly bright tone from the Bournemouth players who take naturally to the off-beat rhythms and joyful, holiday atmosphere of both ballets. The strings are rich-toned in the Dance of the Girls and Aysha Monologue and the wind calls on fine soloists.”
“The performances of these flamboyantly colourful scores are very fresh indeed, and the coupling of The Seasons, with Ansermet conducting, is very good too...The Bournemouth orchestra plays splendidly and the recording (apparently made in the Poole Lighthouse!) is expansive and wide-ranging.”
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