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

> 7 Krasavits (7 Beauties) Ballet Suite - I. Waltz
> 7 Krasavits (7 Beauties) Ballet Suite - II. Adagio
> 7 Krasavits (7 Beauties) Ballet Suite - III. The Dance of The Clowns
> 7 Krasavits (7 Beauties) Ballet Suite - IV. The Seven Portraits: Introduction
> 7 Krasavits (7 Beauties) Ballet Suite - IV. The Seven Portraits: The Indian Beauty
> 7 Krasavits (7 Beauties) Ballet Suite - IV. The Seven Portraits: The Byzantine Beauty
> 7 Krasavits (7 Beauties) Ballet Suite - IV. The Seven Portraits: The Khorezmian Beauty
> 7 Krasavits (7 Beauties) Ballet Suite - IV. The Seven Portraits: The Slavonic Beauty
> 7 Krasavits (7 Beauties) Ballet Suite - IV. The Seven Portraits: The Maghrebian Beauty
> 7 Krasavits (7 Beauties) Ballet Suite - IV. The Seven Portraits: The Chinese Beauty
> 7 Krasavits (7 Beauties) Ballet Suite - IV. The Seven Portraits: The Most Beautiful of The Beauties
> 7 Krasavits (7 Beauties) Ballet Suite - V. The Procession
> Tropoyu groma (In the Path of Thunder) Ballet Suite No. 2 - I. General Dance
> Tropoyu groma (In the Path of Thunder) Ballet Suite No. 2 - II. The Dance of The Girls with Guitars
> Tropoyu groma (In the Path of Thunder) Ballet Suite No. 2 - III. The Dance of The Black Community
> Tropoyu groma (In the Path of Thunder) Ballet Suite No. 2 - IV. Night in Stilleveld
> Tropoyu groma (In the Path of Thunder) Ballet Suite No. 2 - V. Scene and Duet
> Tropoyu groma (In the Path of Thunder) Ballet Suite No. 2 - VI. Lullaby
> Tropoyu groma (In the Path of Thunder) Ballet Suite No. 2 - VII. The Path Of Thunder

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 ...

Notes & Reviews:

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



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Works Details

>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