- In the Path of Thunder, ballet suite
- Seven Beauties, ballet suite
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Kara Karayev: Ballet Suites based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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.
Not many people have a good acquaintance with Karayev, and I'm ashamed to admit I was among this crowd. Despite being a dancer for almost two decades, a flautist for most of my life, and a classical music aficionado, I had never heard of him. But I'm glad I have now. The two ballet suites on the CD are truly gorgeous, and move with a sense of power and romance that I really only tend to hear from the greats (Tchaikovsky, Minkus, etc.). I have no idea why these two ballets faded in company repertoires, but I think they're worth a second look. The multi-ethnicity inspired Seven Beauties is a delight, and there doesn't seem to be a dull moment. The ending lives up to the suite as well. In the Path of Thunder makes me very curious as to what the ballet that went with this music looked like; it's very powerful, and along similar veins as La Bayadere.