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KARAYEV, K: Symphony No. 3 / Leyli and Medjnun / Don Quixote (Russian Philharmonic, Yablonsky) (Azerbaijani Composers, Vol. 1)

Composer(s):Karayev, Kara
Artist(s) Yablonsky, Dmitry, Conductor • Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.570720
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
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USD 6.99
 

 


Apupil of Shostakovich, Kara Karayev had a highly expressive, individual style infused with the harmonies and melodic characteristics of the music of his native Azerbaijan. Karayev’s 1964 Third Symphony combines elements of traditional Azerbaijani music, such as the five-hundredyear- old ashug melody, with contemporary compositional techniques. Leyla and Mejnun, one of Karayev’s most popular works, was inspired by the great twelfth-century Azerbaijani poet, Nizami, while Don Quixote is based on musical material for a film score. This is the first time that these works have appeared on compact disc.


   




Review By Record Geijutsu,September 2012


8.570720_The Record Geijutsu_092012_ja.pdf



Review By David Denton, Naxos,October 2008

Listening to Kara Karayev’s vividly scored Third Symphony it will come as no surprise to learn that he was a composition pupil of Shostakovich. Born in Azerbaijan in 1918, the period with his famous mentor was his only protracted period away from his homeland and favourite city of Baku. Maybe to the innocent ear his stated influence of Azerbaijani folk music may seem well removed from the high impact quality of the symphony dating from 1964, and even further removed from its claim to be one of the first large-scale Soviet work using serialism. What we do have is music that follows on from Shostakovich and Khachaturian with a hint of those Soviet composers working to the ideology of the Communist State. It will prove readily attractive to those who enjoy such a mix, the

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