Azerbaijani Piano Concertos / Badalbeyli, Adigezalzade, Yablonsky

Release Date: 10/25/2011
Label: Naxos
Catalog Number: 8572666
Conductor: Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra/Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
This is fun. Amirov and Nazirova’s concerto is based on Arabic themes, and while it has its share of “snake charmer” music, it makes a worthy successor to, say, Saint-Saëns’ “Egyptian” Concerto. Elmira Nazirova, who worked with the composer on the piano part, is the same woman that Shostakovich allegedly encoded in the horn theme in the third movement of his Tenth Symphony. Adigezalov’s Fourth Piano Concerto might be thought of as a sort of Azerbaijani answer to the concertos of Khachaturian. The pace is moderate, the ethnic color heavily underlined, the form is dodgy, but the melodies are often captivating.

The remainder of the disc consists of a brief dance for piano and orchestra (by Guliyev) and two works by pianist Farhad Badalbeyli, one a tone poem (“The Sea”) for piano and orchestra, the other a wordless vocalise for soprano and orchestra. What this latter is doing on a disc of piano concertos is anyone’s guess, but both works are very pretty in a cinematic sort of way. Certainly the performances show the music in a very positive light. Nationalist music such as this may take us back to the late 19th century, and perhaps to a more innocent age, musically speaking—but so what? As I said, this is fun.

—David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday
Works on This Recording
1. Concerto for PIano after Arabian Themes by Fikret Amirov
Performer: Farhad Badalbeyli (Piano)
Conductor: Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra/Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
2. Concerto for Piano no 4 by Vasif Adigezalov
Performer: Murad Adigezalzade (Piano)
Conductor: Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra/Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
3. Gaytagi by Tofig Guliyev
Performer: Farhad Badalbeyli (Piano)
Conductor: Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra/Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
4. The Sea by Farhad Badalbeyli
Performer: Farhad Badalbeyli (Piano)
Conductor: Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra/Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
5. Shusha by Farhad Badalbeyli
Performer: Joan Rodgers (Soprano)
Conductor: Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra/Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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