Kurtz/NYPO: Khachaturian Gayaneh - Columbia Masterworks CL 714, lovely copy
Jacket NM / LP EX
This beautiful LP from Columbia Masterworks (CL 714, US pressing, red/black 6eye label, mono – no stereo edition exists) entitled “Sabre Dance” features conductor Efrem Kurtz and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in a stunning recording of Khachaturian’s Gayaneh.
Both the Suites No. 1 and No. 2 from Gayaneh are inicluded here, both set down in the rich acoustics of Carnegie Hall, New York, the former on 20 April 1946 and the latter on 15 December 1947.
The under-rated Kurtz was a remarkably talented conductor, no where more so than in the Russian repertoire – witness his brilliant accounts of Shostakovich’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 10 and in the Suites to Tchaikovsky’s ballets The Nutcracker and Swan Lake. The New York Philharmonic plays Khachaturian here with brilliance, poetry, and panache – a fantastic disc.
Incidentally, the remarkable cover photo is credited to Bill Hughes. There are superb liner notes (uncredited) on the reverse side of the jacket, printed in English only.