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Kara Karayev: Ballet Suites / Seven Beauties & In The Path Of Thunder

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>Karayev, Kara : Seven Beauties, ballet suite
>Karayev, Kara : In the Path of Thunder, ballet suite

Album Summary

>Karayev, Kara : Seven Beauties, ballet suite
>Karayev, Kara : In the Path of Thunder, ballet suite
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Karayev's beautiful, exotic ballet music has broad sweep and dimension, along with poignant emotional content and lively Azerbaijani folk elements. A leading figure among post WWII Russian composers, Karayev is a master orchestrator, whose music shows influences of Prokofiev and Shostakovich.

MusicWeb International
under leading Azerbaijani conductor Rauf Abdullayev, the Moscow Radio and TV Symphony Orchestra... gives strong, persuasive performances of Azerbaijani composer Kara Karayev's entertaining ballet music... this is music of grand emotional sweep, cinematographic in that 1950s Hollywood way. There is little subtlety or profundity as such, yet Garayev was, like Arnold and Rimsky-Korsakov, a master orchestrator, and for anyone interested in orchestral colour and drama - not to mention lots of pleasing melody, catchy rhythms and easy-going tonal harmony - from a neglected musical figure straddling two continents, this CD is worthy of consideration.

Infodad.com
Far less known than Shostakovich, but a significant musician of the Soviet era nevertheless, Kara Karayev (more often written Gara Garayev) was a prominent Azerbaijani composer - and Shostakovich was his mentor, teaching him composition from 1942 to 1946. Shostakovich praised Karayev's skill in polyphony and instrumentation, and the latter is much in evidence in a new recording of suites from the ballets Seven Beauties (1952) and In the Path of Thunder (1957). ... he is quite as capable of creating character dances ("Indian Dance," "Khorezm Dance," "Slavonic Dance," "Magrib Dance" and "Chinese Dance" in Seven Beauties) as he is of writing the tender "Lullaby" and intensely demonstrative concluding "In the Path of Thunder" march in his later ballet.



Reviews

A Beautiful, Little-Known Work of Art
As much as it shames me to say it, I have never heard of the composer, Kara Karayev. After listening to his ballet scores, I don't think I'll ever be able to forget him. Written in the Soviet Era, these ballets appear drenched in the Soviet ideals and story lines. The music itself is beautiful, reminiscent of Khachaturian, in my opinion. It's as if Karayev took the lyrical Prokofievian beauty of music and infused it with Azerbaijani folk melody. The result is an ear-catching, unique addition to the art of ballet. The CD is in a very good quality, and the accompanying booklet provides a large amount of information about the little-known composer, as well as the stories of his ballets. I recommend this to the ballet music collector, something exquisite and little-known.
Submitted on 10/09/11 by danrubin06 
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>Karayev, Kara : Seven Beauties, ballet suite
  • Conductor: Rauf Abdullayev
  • Ensemble: Moscow Radio and TV Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet

>Karayev, Kara : In the Path of Thunder, ballet suite
  • Conductor: Rauf Abdullayev
  • Ensemble: Moscow Radio and TV Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet