Spec­tac­u­lar mu­sic, vir­tu­os­ity: Baku cel­e­brates an­niver­sary of Farhad Badal­bayli

Azer News - - Culture & Lifestyle - By La­man Is­may­ilova

Asolemn even­ing ded­i­cated to the 70th an­niver­sary of an out­stand­ing pi­anist, com­poser, rec­tor of the Baku Mu­si­cal Acad­emy Farhad Badal­bayli has been held in Azer­bai­jan State Phil­har­monic Hall.

Prom­i­nent pub­lic fig­ures, fa­mous rep­re­sen­ta­tives of sci­ence, lit­er­a­ture, cul­ture, art, as well as friends and nu­mer­ous ad­mir­ers of Badal­bayli's cre­ative work came to con­grat­u­late the hero of the day.

The even­ing was opened by the con­certo for pi­ano and orches­tra (three parts) of the Amer­i­can com­poser George Gersh­win. The com­po­si­tion was per­formed by Farhad Badal­bayli and the State Sym­phony Orches­tra named af­ter Uzeyir Ha­jibeyli, con­ducted by Peo­ple's Artist of Azer­bai­jan Yalchin Adi­gezalov.

Farhad Badal­bayli lit­er­ally be­witched the au­di­ence, who lis­tened to the com­po­si­tion with bated breath. The au­di­ence then gave him a round of ap­plause.

Be­fore the next per­for­mance, he ad­dressed the lis­ten­ers:

"Through­out our lives, we are los­ing fam­ily, close peo­ple, loyal and re­li­able friends. To­day, to­gether with my col­leagues, we want to per­form the work of Pi­etro Mascagni for you, and re­mem­ber those who are not with us," the mu­si­cian said.

For many of those present, it was a sur­prise that the Peo­ple's Artist did not sit at the pi­ano, but stood be­hind the con­duc­tor's path. The mu­sic piece "Au­tumn Flow­ers" from the opera "Ru­ral Honor" was per­formed by the State Sym­phony, con­ducted by Badal­bayli.

Fur­ther, well-known pi­anists, pro-rec­tor of the Baku Mu­si­cal Acad­emy on in­ter­na­tional is­sues, Peo­ple's Artist Ye­ganaAkhun­dova and di­rec­tor of the In­ter­na­tional Mugham Cen­ter, Peo­ple's Artist of Azer­bai­jan Mu­rad Huseynov ap­peared on the stage. They per­formed con­cert for two pianos and orches­tra of the French com­poser Fran­cis Poulenc.

Pi­anists con­quered the au­di­ence with their vir­tu­osic play.

Then Badal­bayli and di­rec­tor of the State Phil­har­monic So­ci­ety, Peo­ple's Artist of Azer­bai­jan Mu­rad Adigoza­lzade were in­vited to the stage. Pi­anists, ac­com­pa­nied by mu­si­cians of the orches­tra con­ducted by Hon­ored Artist Fuad Ibrahi­mov, sang Suite No.2 for two pianos Sergei Rach­mani­nov. Pi­anists-vir­tu­osos have a huge en­ergy and charisma, and of course, they con­quered the au­di­ence. The lis­ten­ers thanked the mu­si­cians with an end­less ova­tion.

At the end of the even­ing, all the par­tic­i­pants of the con­cert pro­gram were in­vited to the stage. Farhad Badal­bayli per­formed a mu­si­cal com­po­si­tion with Mu­rad Huseynov, and then with Adigoza­lzade.

Fas­ci­nat­ing mu­sic, ex­cel­lent per­form­ing skills of soloists and mu­si­cians of the orches­tra, ex­cel­lent work of con­duc­tors made this even­ing un­for­get­table.

No­tably, Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev pre­sented "Istiglal" Or­der to peo­ple's artist, out­stand­ing pi­anist Farhad Badal­bayli on De­cem­ber 25.

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