KARA KARAYEV (1918-1982): Symphony No. 1 in B Minor, Violin Concerto.
Catalogue Number: 03T002
Description: The eloquently expressive and tautly dramatic symphony of 1943 is a significant work in Karayev’s output, reflecting both the harmonies and melodic characteristics of the South Caucasus region and, in its orchestral brilliance, the influence of his mentor Shostakovich. The concerto (1967) shows a notable shift in style, exploring the serial techniques (partly stemming from a 1961 meeting in the U.S. with Stravinsky) that add astringency and inventive depth to Karayev’s already richly colored and vividly diverse palette. Janna Gandelman (violin), Kiev Virtuosi Symphony Orchestra; Dmitry Yablonsky.