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Kara Karayev (1918-1982): The Seven Beauties; The Path of Thunder (Ballet Suites) / Royal PO, Yablonsky

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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:

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.

BBC Music Magazine, February 2014
Red-blooded performances.

MusicWeb International, 23rd January 2014
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Dmitri Yablonsky is in cracking form in music that will appeal to all who like their music uncomplicatedly straightforward yet full blooded.

Gramophone Magazine, March 2014
There's nothing to scare the horses, and any reader with a soft-spot for, say, the Khachaturian ballets should definitely investigate...the RPO under Dmitry Yablonsky sound as if they enjoyed making this colourful repertoire's acquaintance...Well worth checking out at this price point.

Expedition Audio Recommended
There is no reason whatsoever to shy away from this album if you avoid the acrid tonalities of much 20th century music; Karayev's music is very easy to enjoy - saturated with exotic colors it can be hair-raisingly exciting or deliriously beautiful... This program benefits from magnificent readings by the Royal Philharmonic under the direction Maestro Dmitry Yablonsky and superb sonics from Naxos.... read more ...

American Record Guide, May/June 2014
He wrote The Seven Beauties as a symphonic suite in 1949 and then made a ballet of it in 1953; this suite is taken from the ballet. There are a few dances and an adagio, then an introduction and portraits of the beauties, the seven wives of Shah Bachram Gur, he the subject of a poem from 1197 by Nizami. The Path of Thunder was premiered in 1958 and awarded a Lenin Prize in 1967. South African writer Peter Abrahams's novel of the same name is its inspiration - the story of a mixed-race teacher who elopes with a young white girl. The music is most like Khachaturian's ballet music; it's enjoyable and colorful. The performance and sonics are just fine. Notes in English.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Blackheath Concert Halls, Blackheath, England (09/29/2012/09/30/2012).



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>Karayev, Kara : Seven Beauties, ballet suite
  • Conductor: Dmitry Yablonsky
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Blackheath Concert Halls, Blackheath, England (09/29/2012/09/30/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet

>Karayev, Kara : In the Path of Thunder, ballet suite
  • Conductor: Dmitry Yablonsky
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Blackheath Concert Halls, Blackheath, England (09/29/2012/09/30/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet