Karayev: Orchestral Works - Karabits

Karayev: Orchestral Works - Karabits

Chandos  CHSA 5203

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral

Kara Karayev: The Seven Beauties - Orchestral Suite, Don Quixote - Symphonic Engravings, Leyla and Mejnun - Symphonic Poem, Lullaby from the Ballet 'The Path of Thunder'

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Kirill Karabits (conductor)

This set of idiomatically lyrical, rhythmic, and colourful interpretations by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and its Chief Conductor, Kirill Karabits, who appears on Chandos for the first time, marks the start of a new series dedicated to lesserknown composers from former Soviet Union countries.

The Azerbaijani composer, teacher, folklore authority, and artistic dynamo Kara Karayev was at the forefront of his country’s musical life for almost four decades after the end of the Second World War, recognised as among the significant composers of the post-war Soviet Union. His compositions draw their material from his nation’s folk music as well as his personal voice, which emanated from Shostakovich and Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky’s ballets, and the fantasy operas of Rimsky-Korsakov.

At the dawn of Karayev’s centenary, Kirill Karabits pays homage to the composer by exploring some of his best-known works: the Persian-inspired orchestral suite The Seven Beauties (later expanded into a full-length ballet), a movement from the ballet The Path of Thunder, the exuberant Don Quixote (drawing on music for a film), as well as the symphonic poem Leyla and Mejnun, after a poem which Byron called ‘the Romeo and Juliet of the East’.

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Comments (3)

Comment by hiredfox - September 2, 2017 (1 of 3)

This was the new contractual relationship between Chandos and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra that I referred you to earlier on another thread.

Karabits is good at digging out obscure music like this and presenting it to new audiences, we get this sort of thing quite regularly down at the Lighthouse Concert Hall. Believe it or not we sold out 2500 seats for a Bruckner symphony under his baton last season (in Poole). Last night at a RAH Prom in London that I attended the RCO under Daniel Gatti could not fill the hall - with about 75% attendance - for Bruckner's 9th. Puts it in perspective. That's the problem with London audiences, anything requiring a modicum of concentration and insight goes way beyond them. They do love their pop music 'though ;-)

Last night's performance by the way was beyond superb a treat even for this jaded old critic! For those that have access to the BBC i-Player, try not miss it.

Comment by William Hecht - September 2, 2017 (2 of 3)

OK, John, I've put it on my wish list and will order as soon as it appears on Presto.

Comment by hiredfox - September 2, 2017 (3 of 3)

This is what I have learned so far Bill. Karabits is a native of Kiev and has introduced us to many fringe composers - including his late father - from a region that otherwise would not have registered "in the west".