Aram Khachaturian, the most well-known of all Armenian composers, believed that art should be closely bound to the people and indeed it was a pre-requisite for his own creative inspiration. Largely uninfluenced by the manifold trends of the 20th century, Khachaturian’s works reflect the folk heritage of his native country. That a slave uprising can not only be expressed in music but can also take place on an international dimension is admirably demonstrated by the maestro personally in this recording where Khachaturian takes on the role of leader of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
1. Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia
2. Variation of Aegina and Baccanalia
Scene and Dance with Crotalums
Dance of Gaditanae and Victory of Spartacus
1. Sabre Dance
2. Aysheh’s Awakening and Dance
4. Gayaneh’f Adagio