KARA KARAYEV (1918-1982): Seven Beauties - Ballet Suite, The Path of Thunder - Ballet Suite No. 2.
Catalogue Number: 01P009
Description: The first new recordings of these ballets since the 1992 Russian Disc release. Seven Beauties (1953) was the first Azerbaijani ballet score and you get equal parts of Shostakovich and Khachaturian in its array of appealing melodies and exoticism. The Path of Thunder (1958) uses elements of African-American and African music in its tale of interracial love in apartheid South Africa. Note that there is a number in the latter suite (The Dance of the Black Community) which was not recorded on the Russian Disc release. Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Dmitry Yablonsky.