Notes & Reviews:
Firma Melodiya presents a recording of Arif Melikov's Legend of Love, one of the most outstanding works of Soviet ballet theatre. Legend of Love (1958 - 1961) was one of the first large-scale works written by the 28-year-old composer, but it was this ballet that brought him worldwide fame. The ballet was commissioned by the Kirov (now Mariinsky) Opera and Ballet Theatre and created in close collaboration with its co-authors - choreographer Yuri Grigorovich, librettist Nâzim Hikmet, set designer Semyon Virsaladze and conductor Niyazi. Following a triumphant premiere in 1961 in Leningrad, Legend of Love was produced at the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre and then staged at many theatres of the USSR, Europe and the world. The popularity of the ballet based on the Persian legend Khosrow and Shirin about tragic love and self-sacrifice has not waned. The recording was made by the Big Symphony Orchestra of All-Union Radio and Central Television of the USSR conducted by young Valery Gergiev in 1988.
Expedition Audio Recommended
Here's one for lovers of lush, romantic orchestral scores. In these technically secure and passionately committed performances, a young Valery Gergiev leads the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra. The 1988 studio recording has been beautifully remastered by Melodiya. read more
American Record Guide, May/June 2016
Wow! This is spectacular - melodious, dramatic, lush, colorful, brilliantly orchestrated music. If you told me this was a just-discovered third ballet of Khachaturian, I'd believe it. It sounds like music from a generation earlier. That's perfectly all right with me - I don't care when the music was written, as long as it's enjoyable to listen to, and this most certainly is. I popped it into the CD player while I was typing headnotes for other reviews and just couldn't stop listening.
Recording information: 1968.
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Works DetailsMelikov, Arif Jangirovich : Legend of Love, ballet
- Conductor: Valery Gergiev
- Ensemble: Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
- Period Time: Contemporary
- Form: Ballet