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Karayev - Piano Works

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Label: C-AVI

Cat No: AVI8553398

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 29th June 2018

Contents

Works

Karayev, Kara

Don Quixote
» no.1 Journeying (arr. Faradj Garayev)
» no.4 Aldonsea (arr. Faradj Garayev)
» no.5 Travels (arr. Faradj Garayev)
Pieces (6) for Children
Preludes for piano (24)
The Statue of Tsarskoe Selo: Musical picture for piano

Artists

Elnara Ismailova (piano)

Works

Karayev, Kara

Don Quixote
» no.1 Journeying (arr. Faradj Garayev)
» no.4 Aldonsea (arr. Faradj Garayev)
» no.5 Travels (arr. Faradj Garayev)
Pieces (6) for Children
Preludes for piano (24)
The Statue of Tsarskoe Selo: Musical picture for piano

Artists

Elnara Ismailova (piano)

About

Azerbaijani pianist Elnara Ismailova plays rarely recorded works by Kara Karayev in celebration of what would have been the composer’s 100th birthday. This little known Azerbaijani composer was a student and contemporary of Dmitri Shostakovich.

Kara Karayev is an outstanding composer of the 20th century whose legacy is acknowledged and acclaimed far beyond the borders of Azerbaijan, his native country. With melodies that sing while telling a story, his music’s moving, unforgettable expression is coloured by modern, extremely expressive harmonies. All of this makes Karayev’s art exceptionally complex: he succeeds in creating a universe of sound that captivates the audience.

The national music of Azerbaijan is firmly rooted in the traditional modal genre of mugham, which has its own special musical language. When Karayev was still quite young, he profited from the teaching of composer Uzeyir Hajibeyov, the founder of classical Azerbaijani music (Hajibeyov used mugham in his 1908 opera Leyli and Majnun and wrote the book The Principles of Azerbaijani Folk Music).

Apart from teaching at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen and at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne, Ismailova is currently much in demand as a solo pianist and vocal accompanist. She has accompanied masterclasses at Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, at the Vienna University of the Performing Arts, and at the Palazzo Ricci European Academy of Music and the Performing Arts in Montepulciano. The Westdeutscher Rundfunk broadcasting entity has invited her to make recordings at their studios in Cologne. In 2016 she was awarded the honorary Azerbaijan Order of Merit as an artist.

The press has hailed her solo piano recitals as “... an outstanding artistic event”, describing her piano playing as “masterful virtuosity combined with imaginative musicianship” (Bonner Rundschau), while also highlighting her “utterly sensitive Lied accompaniment” (Kölner Stadt Anzeiger). In one of his books, renowned Dutch author Cees Nooteboom writes: “This pianist has revealed Chopin to me anew”.

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