Legends of Love (CD)

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Legends of Love (CD)

Arif Melikov’s Legend of Love is one of the most outstanding works of Soviet ballet theatre. The Azerbaijani composer synthesized the best achievements of “symphonic ballet” in Russian and Soviet music. One of Mr. Melikov’s first large-scale works, Legend of Love (1958–61) brought him worldwide fame following its triumphant 1961 Leningrad premiere, latterly produced at the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre and then across the USSR, Europe and the world.

The young Valery Gergiev conducted the Big Symphony Orchestra of All-Union Radio and Central Television of the USSR for this 1988 recording.



In classic or contemporary ballet, dancing may tell a story, express a mood, or simply reflect the music in movement. Ballet as part of staged performances originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th and 16th centuries and from there spread to France. The creation of classical ballet as we know it today occurred during the reign of the art-loving French king Louis XIV in the mid-17th century. During the Romantic era, ballet technique evolved to express new ideas, most notably with women dancing en point, or on their toes, allowing them to appear weightless and otherworldly.
Among the choreographers who helped bring ballet into the modern age by exploring new visual and dramatic styles are George Balanchine, Antony Tudor and—bridging the worlds of classical dance and Broadway—Agnes de Mille and Jerome Robbins.



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