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Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade; Aram Khachaturian: Gayane / Zdenek Chalabala

Audio Samples

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Scheherazade
>Mussorgsky, Modest : Night on the Bare Mountain
>Khachaturian, Aram : Gayane, ballet
>     Entrance
>     Adagio Gayane
>     Dance of the Rose Maidens (Suite 1/2)
>     Lyrical Duet (Suite 2/2)
>     Lullaby (Suite 1/5)
>     Gayane and Giko
>     Dance of the Highlanders
>     Fire
>     Lezghinka (Suite 1/8)
>     Gopak
>     Sabre Dance (Suite 3/5)
>     Aisha's Awakening and Dance (Suite 1/3)

Album Summary

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Scheherazade
>Mussorgsky, Modest : Night on the Bare Mountain
>Khachaturian, Aram : Gayane, ballet
Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Owing in large part to their exotic inspiration, Rimsky-Korsakov's Sheherazade and Aram Khachaturian's Gayane are among the most beautiful and most frequently performed Russian and Soviet works of music. The creator of Sheherazade, who as a young navy officer travelled the oceans, was enchanted by the Oriental collection of stories and folk tales The One Thousand and One Nights. Yet Rimsky-Korsakov's colorful instrumentation also gave lustre to another work, Mussorgsky's fantasia Night on Bald Mountain, with its dramatic depiction of a wild Sabbath of witches. Khachaturian's ballet suite Gayane includes Armenian folk melodies, which were the composer's most powerful inspiration and undoubtedly helped to earn the piece global popularity (the celebrated Sabre Dance is one of the most frequently played compositions worldwide). The recordings of all three works were made between 1953 and 1955, the paramount period of Zdenek Chalabala, the chief conductor of Prague's National Theatre Opera at the time. The great imagination with which he tells stories, combined with the inimitable timbre of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, makes these recordings truly remarkable. Yet another treasure appearing on CD for the first time.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Rudolfinum, Prague.



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Works Details

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Scheherazade
  • Conductor: Zdenek Chalabala
  • Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Rudolfinum, Prague (12/07/1953-12/09/1953)
  • Running Time: 45 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Mussorgsky, Modest : Night on the Bare Mountain
  • Conductor: Zdenek Chalabala
  • Running Time: 11 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1886

>Khachaturian, Aram : Gayane, ballet :: Entrance
  • Conductor: Zdenek Chalabala
  • Notes: Rudolfinum, Prague (09/29/1953-09/30/1953); Rudolfinum, Prague (10/02/1953)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1941-1942

>Khachaturian, Aram : Gayane, ballet :: Adagio Gayane
  • Conductor: Zdenek Chalabala
  • Notes: Rudolfinum, Prague (09/29/1953-09/30/1953); Rudolfinum, Prague (10/02/1953)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1941-1942

>Khachaturian, Aram : Gayane, ballet :: Dance of the Rose Maidens (Suite 1/2)
  • Conductor: Zdenek Chalabala
  • Notes: Rudolfinum, Prague (09/29/1953-09/30/1953); Rudolfinum, Prague (10/02/1953)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1941-1942

>Khachaturian, Aram : Gayane, ballet :: Lyrical Duet (Suite 2/2)
  • Conductor: Zdenek Chalabala
  • Notes: Rudolfinum, Prague (09/29/1953-09/30/1953); Rudolfinum, Prague (10/02/1953)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1941-1942

>Khachaturian, Aram : Gayane, ballet :: Lullaby (Suite 1/5)
  • Conductor: Zdenek Chalabala
  • Notes: Rudolfinum, Prague (09/29/1953-09/30/1953); Rudolfinum, Prague (10/02/1953)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1941-1942

>Khachaturian, Aram : Gayane, ballet :: Gayane and Giko
  • Conductor: Zdenek Chalabala
  • Notes: Rudolfinum, Prague (09/29/1953-09/30/1953); Rudolfinum, Prague (10/02/1953)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1941-1942

>Khachaturian, Aram : Gayane, ballet :: Dance of the Highlanders
  • Conductor: Zdenek Chalabala
  • Notes: Rudolfinum, Prague (09/29/1953-09/30/1953); Rudolfinum, Prague (10/02/1953)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1941-1942

>Khachaturian, Aram : Gayane, ballet :: Fire
  • Conductor: Zdenek Chalabala
  • Notes: Rudolfinum, Prague (09/29/1953-09/30/1953); Rudolfinum, Prague (10/02/1953)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1941-1942

>Khachaturian, Aram : Gayane, ballet :: Lezghinka (Suite 1/8)
  • Conductor: Zdenek Chalabala
  • Notes: Rudolfinum, Prague (09/29/1953-09/30/1953); Rudolfinum, Prague (10/02/1953)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1941-1942

>Khachaturian, Aram : Gayane, ballet :: Gopak
  • Conductor: Zdenek Chalabala
  • Notes: Rudolfinum, Prague (09/29/1953-09/30/1953); Rudolfinum, Prague (10/02/1953)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1941-1942

>Khachaturian, Aram : Gayane, ballet :: Sabre Dance (Suite 3/5)
  • Conductor: Zdenek Chalabala
  • Notes: Rudolfinum, Prague (09/29/1953-09/30/1953); Rudolfinum, Prague (10/02/1953)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1941-1942

>Khachaturian, Aram : Gayane, ballet :: Aisha's Awakening and Dance (Suite 1/3)
  • Conductor: Zdenek Chalabala
  • Notes: Rudolfinum, Prague (09/29/1953-09/30/1953); Rudolfinum, Prague (10/02/1953)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1941-1942