Khatchaturian ‎– Spartacus / Gayaneh, Vienna Philharmonic


Khachaturian's popular ballet scores benefit from his vigorous leadership and the surprisingly idiomatic playing of the Vienna Philharmonic. All the favorite crowd-pleasers are here, including the Sabre Dance. This pairing of ballet suites was a demonstration disc back in LP days and the engineering is still impressive. For those not on Khachaturian's wave length (he does skate perilously close to kitschy vulgarism), the generous filler is a delight–Ansermet's dynamic account of Glazunov's ballet. Its four movements depict the four seasons in an idiom flavored by Tchaikovsky and Glazunov's teacher, Rimsky-Korsakov, and the music's all the more fetching for it. Ansermet sometimes could be a bit too sedate, and his orchestra was never a world-class group, but his conducting is nothing short of vivacious here, and the orchestra, captured in vivid sound, is with him all the way. –Dan Davis

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Decca ‎– SXL 6000 Stereo 1962 This recording is on the TAS list, a list audiophile recordings produced by HP the editor of The Absolute Sound Magazine.


Side 1.

1. Adagio Of Spartacus And Phyrgia

2.1. Variation Of Aegina And Bacchanalia

Scene And Dance With Crotalums

2.2. Dance Of Gaditanae And Victory Of Spartacus

Side 2.

1. Sabre Dance

  1. Aysheh’s Awakening And Dance

  2. Lezghinka

  3. Gayaneh’s Adagio

  4. Gopak



  • Conductor, Composed By – Aram Khatchaturian
  • Liner Notes [In English] – Mary Clarke
  • Mastered By – W
  • Orchestra – Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Additional information

Weight 5 kg
LP Condition

Very Good Plus (VG )

Cover Condition

Near Mint (NM or M-)