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Azerbaijani Piano Concertos / Badalbeyli, Adigezalzade, pianists; Joan Rogers, soprano

> Piano Concerto after Arabian Themes - I. Allegro
> Piano Concerto after Arabian Themes - II. Andante sostenuto
> Piano Concerto after Arabian Themes - III. Allegro giusto
> Piano Concerto No. 4 - I. Allegro non troppo
> Piano Concerto No. 4 - II. Andante
> Piano Concerto No. 4 - III. Allegro non troppo
> Gaytagi (version for piano and orchestra) - Gaytagi (version for piano and orchestra)
> The Sea - The Sea
> Shusha - Shusha

Album Summary

>Amirov, Fikret : Concerto for Piano after Arabian Themes
>Adigezalov, Vasif : Concerto for Piano no 4
>Guliyev, Tofig : Gaytagi, dance for piano & orchestra
>Badalbeyli, Farhad : The Sea, for piano & orchestra
>Badalbeyli, Farhad : Shusha, for voice & orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

All of the composers here combine elements of ancient Azerbaijani tradition with Western forms, colorful orchestration and vivid musical storytelling. This is epitomized in Vasif Adigezalov's symphonically proportioned Fourth Piano Concerto, while Fikret Amirov adds a touch of Arabian exoticism into his Concerto. The bubbling energy of Tofig Guliyev's 'Gaytagi' dance adds a splash of jazz, and Farhad Badalbeyli's works depict The Sea in an expansive and atmospheric score, followed by the sad tale of the city of Shusha expressed in a vocalize.

Fanfare
A really first-class orchestra helps to put these scores across, and conductor Dmitry Yablonsky... is a sympathetic and energetic leader. The pianists, both of them native Azerbaijanis, are very much up to their respective tasks, playing with sparkle and with an obvious affinity for the folk idioms. In Shusha , soprano Joan Rodgers is most soulful. Excellent engineering is another point in this disc's favor.

MusicWeb International
Amirov's populist Concerto is good, Adigezalov's Fourth is profound and spectacular... Guliyev's Gaytagi is a lot of fun... [Badalbeyli] piano technique is very impressive... Naxos must now tempt Adigezalzade - or Badalbeyli - to record the other three, and also ask Yablonsky and the RPO to get on with Adigezalov's four symphonies... sound and general technical quality is excellent.

Classical Lost and Found
Mr. Badalbeyli is...our soloist for the Amirov/Nazirova and Guliyev selections, as well as his own The Sea, giving us technically accomplished, heartfelt performances of these rarities. The same can be said for pianist Murad Adigezalzade and soprano Joan Rodgers in the other two works. The support provided by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) under Dmitry Yablonsky is committed and enthusiastic, ensuring a memorable listening experience when you spin this disc.

MusicWeb International
The playing by both pianists on the disc is faultless and the orchestra's contribution shows that it has got inside the sound world as if "to the manner born". This disc is a brilliant introduction to the classical music of Azerbaijan and anyone interested in exploring this little known corner of our musical world should hear it and they will find some romantic treasures that reward repeated listening and at the famously keen Naxos price represents no risk at all. I loved it.

MusicWeb International
Long ago won over to exotica - at least as filtered through the western cultutre - I find this disc irresistible.

ClassicalCDReview.com
This is a delightful CD of piano and orchestra exotica, beautifully recorded, expertly performed. Thanks, Naxos, once again.

Allmusic.com
The Naxos label has made a good move in devoting several series of CDs to contemporary national schools, presenting compositions largely unknown outside their home countries. Enjoyable for anyone and well recorded in London's Cadogan Hall with the Royal Philharmonic under the indefatigable Dmitry Yablonsky, this release stimulates curiosity about the other releases in Naxos' Azerbaijani series.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Cadogan Hall, London, England (2010-07-09&2010-07-11_2010-).



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Works Details

>Amirov, Fikret : Concerto for Piano after Arabian Themes
  • Performer: Farhad Badalbeyli (Piano)
  • Conductor: Dmitry Yablonsky
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmoinc Orchestra
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London, England (2010-07-09&2010-07-11_2010-)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1957

>Adigezalov, Vasif : Concerto for Piano no 4
  • Performer: Murad Adigezalzade (Piano)
  • Conductor: Dmitry Yablonsky
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmoinc Orchestra
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London, England (2010-07-09&2010-07-11_2010-)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1994

>Guliyev, Tofig : Gaytagi, dance for piano & orchestra
  • Performer: Farhad Badalbeyli (Piano)
  • Conductor: Dmitry Yablonsky
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmoinc Orchestra
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London, England (2010-07-09&2010-07-11_2010-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Written: 1958

>Badalbeyli, Farhad : The Sea, for piano & orchestra
  • Performer: Farhad Badalbeyli (Piano)
  • Conductor: Dmitry Yablonsky
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmoinc Orchestra
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London, England (2010-07-09&2010-07-11_2010-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 54 sec.
  • Written: 1947

>Badalbeyli, Farhad : Shusha, for voice & orchestra
  • Performer: Joan Rodgers (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Dmitry Yablonsky
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmoinc Orchestra
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London, England (2010-07-09&2010-07-11_2010-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Written: 2003