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KARAYEV, K.: 7 Beauties Ballet Suite / The Path of Thunder (Royal Philharmonic, Yablonsky) (Azerbaijani Composers, Vol. 4)

Composer(s):Karayev, Kara
Artist(s) Yablonsky, Dmitry, Conductor • Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.573122
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Born in Baku, Kara Karayev was one of Dmitry Shostakovich’s most distinguished pupils. Karayev absorbed his teacher’s influence, binding it to his own distinctive use of native Azerbaijani folk melodies and harmonies to produce music in an eclectic range of genres. The Seven Beauties is the first full-length Azerbaijani ballet, and the suite heard here brims with an exotic array of appealing rhythms and melodies. The Path of Thunder uses elements of African and Afro-American music in its exploration of the theme of forbidden love in apartheid-era South Africa. Karayev’s Symphony No 3 and other orchestral works can be heard on 8.570720.


A Pleasant Surprise!
Review By RD69547,December 2013

I had not known about Karayev until I bought this album, and I was pleasantly surprised. Karayev was a fine composer whose music, as captured here, show an excellent command of orchestration and color.

One immediately feels as though these compositions are the works of Khachaturian, hence I imagine some have and will write Kara off as a cheap imitation. But as the melodies here reveal, these are deftly conceived and orchestrated with a commanding hand. And just as Rimsky-Korsakov has been marginalized, unjustly, it seems so too has Karayev, but both Russians, despite obvious influences, do exhibit strong musicality and offer the world great music that can be enjoyed repeatedly, not losing any staying power.

This entire album was and is a joy to listen to from more....


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