Stirring movements from the Land of Fire

Azerbaijan is a hidden gem of Europe’s classical repertoire and the confluence of Eastern and Western traditions, writes cellist and conductor Dmitry Yablonsky Hear the stirring opening of Uzeyir Hajibeyov’s Sensiz and you will be transported into the mystical past of the Silk Road. Azerbaijan, wedged between the Caspian Sea and the mountains of the Greater Caucasus, was a vital staging post between East and West, with ancient cities like Qabala widely acknowledged as the mid-point of the 2,500-year-old trading route. The confluence of cultures that make up Azerbaijan is most evident in its rich tradition of classical music. Hajibeyov remains the country’s most famous composer, penning the n

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