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Between 1958 ansd 1961, the Azerbaijani composer, Arif Melikov brought together the strongest elements within the Russian and Soviet ballet tradition to create the score titled Legend of Love. It was the first large-scale work written by the 28-year-old composer, and eventually brought him worldwide fame. “The Legend helped me see the world”, he remembered. The ballet was commissioned by the Kirov (now Mariinsky) Opera and Ballet Theatre and created in close collaboration with choreographer Yuri Grigorovich, librettist Nâz?m Hikmet, set designer Semyon Virsaladze and conductor Niyazi. The story told via dance is based on the Persian legend Khosrow and Shirin and involves tragic love and self-sacrifice.
“I was lucky
enough to get into the environment of outstanding artists in the very beginning of my career. I dedicated one chord in the overture to each of them”, the composer wrote.
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.
This stereo recording was made in 1988 by the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by the young Valery Gergiev. - based on notes by
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Legend of Love by Arif Jangirovich Melikov
Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1961; USSR
Date of Recording: 1988
Venue: USSR All-Union Radio and Central Televis
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