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Khachaturian: Gayaneh

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Complete Ballet, Instrumental, Khachaturian. Gayaneh, Russian, Radio

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Intro
  2. Prologue 'Friendship': The Hunters
  3. Prologue 'Friendship': Dance of Armen and Georgi
  4. Prologue 'Friendship': The Storm Approaches
  5. Act One, Scene One 'Spring': Carpet-making
  6. Act One, Scene One 'Spring': Lezghinka
  7. Act One, Scene One 'Spring': Dance of Nuneh and Girls
  8. Act One, Scene One 'Spring': Gayaneh's Dance
  9. Act One, Scene One 'Spring': Awaiting the Hunters
  10. Act One, Scene One 'Spring': Duet of Gayaneh and Armen
  11. Act One, Scene One 'Spring': Entra'cte
  12. Act One, Scene Two 'Recovery': Aisha recovers
  13. Act One, Scene Two 'Recovery': Scene. Duet of Aisha and Georgi
  14. Act One, Scene Two 'Recovery': Scene. Aisha
  15. Act One, Scene Two 'Recovery': Scene. Aisha and Armen
  16. Act Two, Scene Three 'Jealousy': The Hunters test Armen
  17. Act Two, Scene Three 'Jealousy': Girls' Dance
  18. Act Two, Scene Three 'Jealousy': Dance of Armen and Georgi
  19. Act Two, Scene Three 'Jealousy': Dance of Nuneh and Armen
  20. Act Two, Scene Three 'Jealousy': Scene and Dance
  21. Act Two, Scene Three 'Jealousy': Quarrel of Armen and Georgi
  22. Act Two, Scene Three 'Jealousy': March
  23. Act Two, Scene Three 'Jealousy': Scene. Aisha and Gayaneh
  24. Act Two, Scene Four 'Crime': Scene. In the Mountains
  25. Act Two, Scene Four 'Crime': Armen's Song
  26. Act Two, Scene Four 'Crime': Armen's Accident

Disc: 2

  1. Act Two, Scene Five 'Love': Scene. Gayaneh
  2. Act Two, Scene Five 'Love': Gayaneh's Dance
  3. Act Two, Scene Five 'Love': The Blind Armen
  4. Act Two, Scene Five 'Love': Scene. Duet of Armen and Gayaneh
  5. Act Two, Scene Five 'Love': Scene. Armen and Georgi
  6. Act Two, Scene Five 'Love': Georgi's Monologue
  7. Act Three, Scene Six 'Conscience': The Mountain Village
  8. Act Three, Scene Six 'Conscience': Aisha's Monologue
  9. Act Three, Scene Six 'Conscience': Men's Dance
  10. Act Three, Scene Six 'Conscience': Dance of the Youths
  11. Act Three, Scene Six 'Conscience': Aisha's loneliness
  12. Act Three, Scene Six 'Conscience': Duet of Aisha and Georgi
  13. Act Three, Scene Six 'Conscience': Georgi's Departure
  14. Act Three, Scene Seven 'Expiation': Harvest Day
  15. Act Three, Scene Seven 'Expiation': Men's Dance
  16. Act Three, Scene Seven 'Expiation': Nuneh's Dance
  17. Act Three, Scene Seven 'Expiation': Dance of the Young Girls
  18. Act Three, Scene Seven 'Expiation': Entrance of the Hunters. Scene. Armen
  19. Act Three, Scene Seven 'Expiation': Armen's sight is restored
  20. Act Three, Scene Seven 'Expiation': Duet of Armen and Gayaneh
  21. Act Three, Scene Seven 'Expiation': Sabre Dance
  22. Act Three, Scene Seven 'Expiation': Dance of Celebration
  23. Act Three, Scene Seven 'Expiation': Finale


Product Details

  • Orchestra: USSR Radio and TV Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Djansug Kakhidze
  • Composer: Aram Khachaturian
  • Audio CD (July 26, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Russian Disc
  • ASIN: B000001LNT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #557,338 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I can't possibly comprehend why this ballet is not recorded in its full length more often! Of course, everyone is familiar with the charismatic "Sabre Dance," but the rest of the ballet is equally delightful. The music is filled with exotic colors and rhythms; if you like the Eastern flavor found in much of Rimsky-Korsakov's and Borodin's music, you'll absolutely adore this ballet. This particular recording, made in 1976, sounds fresh and energetic, as if it were recorded yesterday. I'm not familiar with the earlier releases that the reviewer from Atlanta mentions, but the Russian Disc release has excellent sound and clarity. Djansug Kakhidze, although still rather unknown to me, is obviously a capable conductor, and the USSR Radio and TV Large Symphony Orchestra plays with the passion and flair that only a huge Soviet orchestra can achieve. Tragically, this recording is currently out of print. Don't let that stop you, however. Seek out this recording and buy it at any cost; it's well worth it!
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OK, this ballet comes in different spellings, Gayne, Gayeneh, Gayane, and different versions: an original (1942) complete, a revised (1957) complete and a variety of suites and excerpts. This is the complete revised version, which has extra material or padding added to the original, depending on your viewpoint.

The sonics are vintage Soviet stereo, which is to say a bit odd, but Kakhidze, best known for his association with Giya Kancheli, leads an unabashed good romp through the score, which to me at least offers an hour or more of guilty pleasure.
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I came onto this recording when it was issued on Columbia vynil. It was captivating, the music is extremely beautiful. About 6 years ago I found it on MCI label, I grabbed it hoping that recording was cleaned up, it was not, but at least I did not have to listen to scratches anymore-hiss but no scratches. 2 years ago I found it at Media Play 2 CDs repackaged in a single CD box under VOX BOX label. I grabbed it but still no remastered sound. The recording is gorgeous, Melodiya did a super job, but it shows its age, some parts of it are really transparent, wonderful; some parts just don't sound good. These CD's are not indexed either, another disappointment. This is an interesting piece of music: it has those melodies that captivate you, capture you. When I lisen to this ballet, I liste to it for weeks, and I still can't get it out of my system. In the end I force myself to put it away until next time. Look for those labels I mentioned. Especially the VOX BOX should still be available. Enjoy.
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First off a warning: if you came to Gayane via "2001" as I did--beware! Apparently the 1957 revision excluded Gayane's Adagio, and so does this recording. Which is why I gave this version 4 stars instead of 5. Fortunately thanks to computer technology I've been able to download the Adagio by itself and after ripping the CDs to my HD insert it where it belongs. Muuch better. Otherwise it's like "Lakme" without the Flower Duet. Otherwise otherwise, this is an xlnt recording of arguably the best Soviet ballet after "Romeo & Juliet." Which it ain't, nor is it "Swan Lake" so the orchestra plays it as it should be played: pedal to the metal and subtlety be damned. The recording is detailed and in your face if a bit shrill, fits the piece perfectly. Just be aware that if you play it at the level it requires, your ears are gonna be a-ringin' for awhile afterward.
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