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Kismet Record Co. (sometimes also written as Kismet Records or Kismet Recording Co.) was founded in 1938 in New York by Dimitri Kornienko (a musician already known by its hit "Bosporus") and his wife Anna. Initially they were producing recordings of Dimitri Kornienko's ensemble and distributing them through somebody else's stores. When Dimitri has died in 1943, the family's friends helped the widow to open her own musical store in New York (227 East 14th street) and to continue production of new recordings. Under Mrs. Anna Kornienko, the company entered the LP era; Kismet had issued dozens of titles, including several LPs with songs of Alexander Vertinsky and Peter Leschenko. After certain decline in 1970s, the company was revitalized by its new employee, Rudolf Solovyev (also known as Rudolf Fuchs and Ruvim Rublev) who bought the business in early 1980s. Kismet operated until late 1990s, when Rudolf decided to return to Russia. The New York shop became "Russian Souvenirs". Today, unfortunately, the "spirit of Russia" is totally expelled from there and replaced by the smell of coffee: since 2016, here is "Mr. Moustache Coffee Shop"...

Do not confuse with other Kismets known in the recording industry. There are at least three more of them: in Spain (1940s), in Jamaica (since 1970), and in London (since 1999). They have nothing in common.
--M. G.
Kismet (treble clef, red) (25)
Kismet (treble clef, violet) (0)
Kismet (treble clef, white) (2)
Kismet Recording (treble clef, red) (1)
Kismet (accordeon, red) (28)
Kismet (accordeon, blue) (2)
Kismet (oriental, red) (2)
 
Albums (2)
Kismet set A1: Folk dances as played by D. Kornienko ensemble (Альбом Kismet A1: Народные танцы в исполнении ансамбля Д. Корниенко) (mgj)
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Nina Tarasova (set K-17) (Нина Тарасова (альбом K-17)) (bernikov)
Nina Tarasova (set K-17) (Нина ...
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Cat No
(Mx/Ctr No)
TakeTitle Name (Composer)Artist(s), AccompanimentRec Date
Rec Place
Label(s)Order No▲
[xRef Nos]
Files
101-B
(107)
Russian
Beloved one (Коханочка), dance (N. Yakovlev)
D. Kornienko Ensemble, Conductor D. KornienkoKismet (accordeon, red)101
101-A
(108)
Russian
Like a sweet smellingflower (Как цветок душистый), two-step (Sasha Makarov)
D. Kornienko Ensemble, Conductor D. KornienkoKismet (accordeon, red)101
A-104
(111)
Russian, Frenchensemble
Coquette (1. The little Tonkinese girl; 2. ?) (Кокетка (1. Китаяночка; 2. ?)) (Coquette (1. La petite Tonkinoise; 2. ?)), polka (Henri Christiné, Vincent Scotto)
Dimitri Kornienko ensemble, Conductor Dimitri Kornienko~1940
New York
Kismet (treble clef, red)104
A-104
(112)
Russian
I’ll harness three greyhounds (Запрягу я тройку борзых), folk song
D. Kornienko Ensemble, Conductor D. KornienkoKismet Recording (treble clef, red)104
A-105
(A110)
Russianensemble
Krakowiak (Краковяк), dance
Dimitri Kornienko ensemble, Conductor Dimitri Kornienko~1942
New York
Kismet (treble clef, red)105
A-105
(DK-115)
Russianensemble
Bygone days (Прошедшие дни), waltz
Dimitri Kornienko ensemble, Conductor Dimitri Kornienko~1942
New York
Kismet (treble clef, red)105
A-105
(S14)
Americanbaritone with ensemble
Victory, polka (James Korney (Dimitri Kornienko), lyrics by Gregory Mathews (Gregory Mathew Selivonchik))
Gregory Mathews (Gregory Mathew Selivonchik), acc. Dimitri Kornienko ensemble, Conductor Dimitri Kornienko~1942
New York
Kismet (treble clef, red)105
106-A
(S-116)
Russian, Ukrainian
Hopak (Гопак), folk dance
D. Kornienko Ensemble, Conductor D. KornienkoKismet (accordeon, red)106
106-B
(S-119)
Russian, Ukrainian
Korobuchka (Коробушка), folk dance
D. Kornienko Ensemble, Conductor D. KornienkoKismet (accordeon, red)106
A-107
(S-117)
Ukrainian
Grechanyki, folk dance
D. Kornienko Ensemble, Conductor D. KornienkoKismet (treble clef, red)107
A-107
(S-118)
Hungarian
Chardash, dance (Johannes Brahms?)
D. Kornienko Ensemble, Conductor D. KornienkoKismet (treble clef, red)107
A-108
(K 108 AA)
RussianEnsemble
Broken strings (Оборванные струны), waltz (Gapon)
D. Kornienko Ensemble, Conductor D. KornienkoKismet (treble clef, red)108
A-108
(K 108 BB)
RussianEnsemble
Tsiganka (Цыганочка), dance
D. Kornienko Ensemble, Conductor D. KornienkoKismet (treble clef, red)108
A-109
(S-124)
Russian
Pas d’Espagne (Па-д-эспань), dance (Alexander Tzarman)
D. Kornienko Ensemble, Conductor D. KornienkoKismet (treble clef, red)109
B-110
(S-125)
Russian
Ballroom lezginka (Бальная лезгинка), dance (Alexander Tzarman)
D. Kornienko Ensemble, Conductor D. KornienkoKismet (treble clef, red)110
A-117
(DK-410)
RussianMezzo-Soprano with
Song of Russia (Песня о России) (J.Strimer, lyrics by Vasily Lebedev-Kumach)
Nina Tarasova, acc. orchestraKismet (treble clef, red)117
B-117
(DK-414)
RussianMezzo-Soprano with
Lullaby «Bayuski-Bayu» (Колыбельная «Баюшки-баю»), song (Tatiana K. Tolstaya (Kotlyarovskaya), lyrics by Konstantin Balmont)
Nina Tarasova, acc. orchestraKismet (treble clef, red)117
A-118
(DK-409)
RussianMezzo-Soprano with
It’s all the same (Всё равно), song (Yuri Milyutin, lyrics by Caesar Solodar)
Nina Tarasova, acc. orchestraKismet (treble clef, red)118
B-118
(DK-412)
RussianMezzo-Soprano with
Wicked wife (Непутёвая жена), folk song
Nina Tarasova, acc. orchestraKismet (treble clef, red)118
A-119
(DK-408)
RussianMezzo-Soprano with
Beloved City (Любимый город), song (Film «The Fighters») (Nikita Bogoslovsky, lyrics by Yevgeny Dolmatovsky)
Nina Tarasova, acc. orchestraKismet (treble clef, red)119
B-119
(DK-411)
RussianMezzo-Soprano with
Lemonade (Лимонад), folk song
Nina Tarasova, acc. orchestraKismet (treble clef, red)119
129-A
(K 102)
Russian
Alexandrovsky (Александровский), waltz
Kostia Poliansky and his Balalaika Orchestra, Conductor Kostia PolianskyKismet (accordeon, red)129
130-B
(K 105 B)
Russian
Cherkessia (Черкессия), dance
Kostia Poliansky and his Balalaika Orchestra, Conductor Kostia PolianskyKismet (accordeon, red)130
K-152-A
(S-164)
Georgian
Prayer of Schamil, folk dance
S. Chernetsky Orchestra, Conductor S. ChernetskyKismet (accordeon, red)152
K-152-B
(S-165)
Georgian
Lezginka, folk dance
S. Chernetsky Orchestra, Conductor S. ChernetskyKismet (accordeon, red)152
156-A
(SDK-156-A)
American
Waltz Quadrille, dance
The King street pioneersKismet (accordeon, blue)156
156-B
(SDK-156-B)
American
Barnacle Bill, dance
The King street pioneersKismet (accordeon, blue)156
R 202 A
(372)
RussianTenor with Accordions
Two Friends (Два друга), song (Anatoly Lepin, lyrics by Vasily Lebedev-Kumach)
Vadim Kozin, acc. David Ashkenazi, A.Timofeev (accordion)1943
Moscow
Kismet (treble clef, red), Gramplasttrest and successors202
11316
R 202 B
(376)
RussianTrio with Jazz Orchestra
Katyusha (Катюша), song (Matvey Blanter, lyrics by Mikhail Isakovsky)
Valentina Batisheva, Pavel Mikhailov, Vsevolod Tyutyunnik, acc. State USSR Jazz Orchestra, Conductor Viktor Knushevistky1939
Moscow
Kismet (treble clef, red), Gramplasttrest and successors202
8367
209 A
(A 35)
UkrainianTenor with Orchestra
Rode Cossack at the War (Iхав козак на вiйноньку), folk song (arr. Lev Revutsky, lyrics by Nikolay Rakov)
Ivan Kozlovsky, acc. choir and orchestra, Conductor Lev Steinberg1941
Moscow
Kismet (treble clef, red), Gramplasttrest and successors209
10674
209 B
(A 36)
UkrainianTenor with Orchestra
The sun is setting, folk song (arr. Nikolay Rakov)
Ivan Kozlovsky, acc. orchestra, Conductor Lev Steinberg1941
Moscow
Kismet (treble clef, red), Gramplasttrest and successors209
10675
238 a
(MA-1)
RussianBaritone with Orchestra
Paganel’s Song (Песня Паганеля) (Film «Captain Grant’s Children») (Isaak Dunayevsky, lyrics by Vasily Lebedev-Kumach)
Georgy Abramov, acc. orchestra, Conductor Isaak Dunayevsky1947
Moscow
Kismet (accordeon, red), Gramplasttrest and successors238
14402
238 b
(MA-2)
RussianMezzo-soprano with ensemble
Lights (Огоньки), song (Kirill Molchanov, lyrics by Vladlen Bakhnov)
Ruzhena Sikora, acc. instrumental ensemble, Conductor Alexander Tsfasman1949
Moscow
Kismet (accordeon, red), Gramplasttrest and successors238
16770
251-A
(K-251-A)
RussianContralto with Piano
On Love and Friendshipлюбви и дружбе), romance-song (A. Turgel, arr. Simon Kagan)
Izabella Yuryeva, acc. Simon Kagan (piano)1939
Moscow
Kismet (accordeon, red), Gramplasttrest and successors251
8058
251-B
(K-251-B)
RussianContralto with Piano
Sasha (Саша), song (Boris Fomin, arr. Simon Kagan, lyrics by Pavel German)
Isabella Yuryeva, acc. Simon Kagan (piano)1939
Moscow
Kismet (accordeon, red), Gramplasttrest and successors251
9008
263 a
(1055-a)
Russian, AmericanBaritone with Orchestra
Those Dark Eye (Чёрные глаза), tango (Oscar Strock)
Peter Leschenko, acc. orchestra, Conductor Frank Fox1933
Vienna
Kismet (accordeon, red), Odeon-Record263
O 288117
(WHR 290)
[1055]
263 b
(1055-b)
Russian, AmericanBaritone with Orchestra
At the forest near river (Возле леса у реки), waltz (A. P. Denisjev)
Peter Leschenko, acc. orchestra, Conductor Ernst Hönigsberg-Hecker1933
Vienna
Kismet (accordeon, red), Columbia Record263
DV 1562
(WHR 478)
[1055]
265-A
(k-265-a)
RussianTenor with Accordion Band
My Happiness (Счастье мое), song (Efim Rosenfeld, lyrics by Georgy Namlegin)
Georgy Vinogradov, acc. accordion band, Conductor Efim Rosenfeld1939
Moscow
Kismet (accordeon, red), Gramplasttrest and successors265
9272
265-B
(k-265-b)
RussianTenor with Accordion Band
I Love (Люблю), tango (Efim Rosenfeld, lyrics by Nikolay Vengersky)
Georgy Vinogradov, acc. accordion band, Conductor Efim Rosenfeld1939
Moscow
Kismet (accordeon, red), Gramplasttrest and successors265
9271
[Э-97]
268 A
(268-A)
RussianTenor with Orchestra
Palestinian Tango (Палестинское танго)
Alexander Vertinsky, acc. orchestra19-10-1931
Boulogne-sur-Seine
Kismet (accordeon, red), Parlophon268
B. 23072-I
(79111)
268 B
(268-B)
RussianTenor with Orchestra
Prisoner’s (Каторжная), song (lyrics by Sergey Yesenin)
Alexander Vertinsky, acc. orchestra19-10-1931
Boulogne-sur-Seine
Kismet (accordeon, red), Parlophon268
B. 23072-II
(79112)
269-A
(269 a)
RussianTenor with Orchestra
The Yellow Angel (Желтый ангел), tango
Alexander Vertinsky, acc. orchestra19-10-1931
Boulogne-sur-Seine
Kismet (accordeon, red), Odeon-Record269
A 207553 a
(Ro 1234)
269-B
(269 b)
RussianBaritone with Orchestra
Two hearts (Два сердца), song
Petr Leshenko, acc. "Bellaccord" Orchestra (company's jazz orchestra), Conductor Sergey Aldyarov (Levinson)1934
Riga
Kismet (accordeon, red), Bellaccord Electro269
2105
(M 3643)
270-A
(270 A)
RussianTenor with Piano
The God’s Ball (Бал Господен), song (Alexander Vertinsky)
Alexander Vertinsky, acc. piano1932...1933
England
Kismet (accordeon, red), Columbia Record270
MM 511 b
(WH.2502)
270-B
(270 B)
RussianTenor with Piano
A Little Minute (Минуточка), song (Alexander Vertinsky)
Alexander Vertinsky, acc. piano1932...1933
England
Kismet (accordeon, red), Columbia Record270
MM 511 a
(WH.2500)
271-A
(271 A)
RussianTenor with Piano
In a Blue Far Oceanсинем и далеком океане), song (Alexander Vertinsky)
Alexander Vertinsky, acc. A.Bloch (grand piano)1930
Germany
Kismet (accordeon, red), Parlophon271
B. 23018-I
(79040)
271-B
(271 B)
RussianTenor with Piano
Grey-eyed Girl (Сероглазочка), romance (lyrics by Alexander Vertinsky)
Alexander Vertinsky, acc. piano1931
Germany
Kismet (accordeon, red), Parlophon271
B. 23081-I
(79141)
7001-A
(L-501)
Russiansoprano with orchestra
Don’t be jealouse (Не сердись, не ревнуй), waltz (Alexei Denisyev (Malyshev))
Ludmila Lopato, acc. Continental orchestra~1945Kismet (treble clef, white)7001
7001-B
(L-504)
Russiansoprano with orchestra
Charochka (Little cup of vodka) (Чарочка), medley (1) Alexander Cherniavsky; 2, 3) folk, lyrics by 1) Pavel Shlakat (Paul Baron); 2, 3) folk)
Ludmila Lopato, acc. Continental orchestra~1945Kismet (treble clef, white)7001
8561 A
(722)
Persian, Russianensemble
Sahra (Persian dance) (Сахра (персидский танец)), folk dance
acc. Dimitri Kornienko ensemble, Conductor Dimitri Kornienkonot later than 1941
New York
Kismet (oriental, red)8561
8561 B
(726)
Crimean Tatar, Russianensemble
Haitarma (Crimean Tatar dance) (Хайтарма (крымскотатарский танец)) (Qaytarma), folk dance
acc. Dimitri Kornienko ensemble, Conductor Dimitri Kornienkonot later than 1941
New York
Kismet (oriental, red)8561
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