Music lovers celebrate the national composer’s 75th birthday [PHOTO]

By Laman Ismayilova

The Academic Opera and Ballet Theater of Azerbaijan staged the opera “Intizar” to mark the 75th birthday of the national composer, People’s Artist Frangiz Alizada, reports Azernews.

“Intizar” is an opera about the history and events of Karabakh, it tells about the struggle between good and evil. This large-scale work embodies the thoughts and aspirations of the Azerbaijani people.

The author of the libretto is the rector of the Baku branch of Moscow State University, academician Nargiz Pashayeva and composer – People’s Artist Frangiz Alizade.

The main soloists of the opera and ballet theater, honored artists Inara Babayeva (Melek), Ramil Gasimov (Arif), Ilham Nazarov (foreigner) and other famous singers took part in the ballet organized within the framework of the festival dedicated to the composer.

The production is presented under the direction of the Opera and Ballet Theater’s Principal Conductor and Music Director, Honored Artist Ayyub Guliyev. The show was received with great interest by the public.

Meanwhile, the anniversary of the composer’s birth was also widely celebrated at the State Academic Philharmonic Orchestra.

The concert soloists were Swedish cellist Markis Kuplais and People’s Artist of Azerbaijan, singer Gulnaz Ismayilova, who were accompanied by the Azerbaijan State Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra performed under the direction of People’s Artist Fakhraddin Karimov.

The concert program included musical pieces composed by Frangiz Alizade, including the work “Nizami Cosmology” performed for the first time in Baku.

Speaking at the event, Culture Minister Anar Karimov noted that Chairman of the Union of Azerbaijani Composers Frangiz Alizada successfully promotes Azerbaijani musical culture abroad.

The Minister stressed that the composer made a significant contribution to the development of Azerbaijani music, enriching the art of composition and classical music.

His works have been performed at international festivals in Stockholm, Warsaw, London, Heidelberg, Amsterdam, New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Frankfurt, Berlin, Zurich, Bonn and Cologne.

At the same time, the composer’s works were also performed at the International Mugham Center as part of a festival.

The concert program included chamber works – five works by the composer, each of which was distinguished by its originality.

The concert began with a piece of music for string orchestra “Metamorfosis” composed for Berliner Philharmoniker (Germany).

After its premiere, this work definitely entered the repertoire of many chamber orchestras. During the festival, the work was performed by the Gara Garayev State Chamber Orchestra.

The composition “Sirius” for solo vibraphone plunged the listeners into a marvelous musical universe.

The title of the composition, associated with one of the brightest stars in the galaxy, is addressed to the famous English percussionist Evelyn Glennie.

The composition was performed by the soloist of the State Symphony Orchestra Boris Pashkin.

The musical piece “Deyishme II” for double bass, tabla and chamber orchestra includes a European double bass and the traditional Indian tabla instrument.

The composition was first performed at the opening of the German Morgenland festival, and in Baku it was performed for the first time.

The musical piece was performed by Turkish bassist Onur Ozkan, drummer Vusal Bayramov and the Gara Garayev State Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Samad Suleymanli.

The composition “Oyan!” for solo cello, one of Firangiz Alizade’s most beloved instruments, is also included in the repertoire of famous virtuosos around the world.

Written in 2005 by order of Mstislav Rostropovitch for the 8th Paris International Cello Competition, it was performed for the first time during the final concert of the competition.

Swedish cellist Markis Kuplais performed the musical piece in Baku as part of the festival.

The concert ended with a piece for chamber orchestra Dance (2016). It is one of the composer’s most popular opuses.

The concert ended with a musical piece for chamber orchestra Dance (2016). The musical piece is one of the composer’s most popular opuses.

The work performed by the State Chamber Orchestra totally captivated the audience.

The gala concert ended with a long standing ovation and applause.

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