Khachaturian: Orchestral Suites from Spartacus and Gayane


The St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra are one of the classical world’s most popular touring ensembles, bringing an inimitable style and character to their performances under the direction of Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Yuri Temirkanov.

This recording presents works from two very different composers, both united through their mastery of orchestral colouring and evocative imagery: Khachaturian’s Spartacus and Gayane suites are infused with enchanting Armenian influences, and enjoyed a deserved popularity with Russian audiences that helped protect him from the worst of widespread artistic suppression during the era. Following these, one of the jewels of orchestral repertoire, Ravel’s Dahpnis et Chloé was composed for Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes dance company and has remained a popular work to this day.

This is a live performance and, as a feisty E-flat clarinet ratchets up the ‘Danse generale’, the fantastic clarity of the inner part-writing – not least those whirling woodwinds – makes for cheer-raising excitement Gramophone


St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra

Yuri Temirkanov

RELEASE DATE: 22/10/2012
BARCODE: 635212031025

Spartacus Suite

Aram Khachaturian

1. Suite 1, No.3 Variation of Aegina and Bacchanalia

2. Suite 2, No.1 Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia

3. Suite 1, No.4 Scene and Dance with Crotala

4. Suite 1, No.5 Dance of the Gaditanae – Victory of Spartacus

Gayane Suite

Aram Khachaturian

5. Ayesha’s Dance

6. Dance of the Rose Maidens

7. Lullaby

8. Dance of the Young Kurds

9. Lezghinka

10. Sabre Dance

11. Daphnis et Chloe, Suite No.2 Maurice Ravel

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