Khachaturian: Gayane (Gayaneh)
This page lists all recordings of Gayane (Gayaneh), by Aram Ilich Khachaturian (1903-78) on CD, DVD & download (MP3 & FLAC).
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All-Union Radio & Television Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra, Djansug Kakhidze
This complete ballet was recorded in 1978. It is an exhilarating performance, performed by an all Russian cast.
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“In the Piano Concerto Dora Serviarian-Kuhn and her Armenian compatriot, Loris Tjeknavorian, are in every way first-class: both identify naturally with the sinuous oriental flavour of the melodic lines and understand that the outer movements need above all to convey thrusting vitality; here there's plenty of drive and rhythmic lift. But what primarily makes this performance memorable is Serviarian-Kuhn's sense of fantasy, so that her various cadential passages, for all their brilliance, are charismatically quixotic rather than merely bravura displays.
The other works on the disc are small beer.
The 'Waltz' for wind band has an engaging carousel flavour; the somewhat vulgar 'Polka' which follows roisterously suggests the circus.
The Dance Suite goes through the usual Khachaturian routines with which he likes to clothe his agreeable but at times rather insubstantial Armenian folk ideas. Easily the most memorable movement is the first and much the longer of the two Uzbek dances, which opens gently and touchingly.
The performances here are excellent and vividly recorded.” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010
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Larisa Tuisova (Gayne), Alexander Rumyantsev (Giko), Gennady Gorbanev (Armen), Maris Korystin (Machak)
Latvian Opera and Ballet Company, Alexander Viljumanis
The first video release of Khachaturian’s famous ballet, which brought the world the popular “Sabre Dance.” Composed in 1942, this 1980 production stars Larisa Tuisova and Alexander Rumyantsev and the corps de ballet and orchestra of the Latvian Opera and Ballet Company. The choreography, by Boris Eifman, scuttles the original scenario and instead focuses on the shifting relationships among Gayne, Armen and Giko. As in so much of his work, Eifman has created a series of exciting dances flavored with nationalistic flair. Bonus segments include such rarities as a 1964 performance of the final act of Gayne as performed at a Bolshoi Theatre Gala Tribute to Khachaturian, with the composer himself conducting. Color (bonus segments in black & white), 81 minutes (plus bonus = 47 minutes), mono, all regions.
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