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 BAM 2050
Russian Film Music IV

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Mikael Tariverdiev, Composer - the author of music scores for 132 films,
chamber vocal cycles, four ballets, four operas, a number of pieces for organ and instrumental music.

 

"It so happened that in September 1986 I went to Chernobyl. The impact the trip made on me has been colossal. Stunning, I'd say. My life - as I suppose the lives of so many others - has reached the point of no return: Chernobyl. It is not the tragedy of Russia alone. As Challenger's wreck was not the tragedy of America alone. It is the tragedy and pain of all mankind. This planet proved to be too small to think otherwise, even if it happened in another hemisphere. Probably for the first time we all felt so acutely that we are one, we are - Humanity. Chernobyl is a symphony in two parts. The first part is called Zone. I tried to put in it the deafening feeling of the life of a town suddenly turned stern, where for many each day was cut literally into seconds of their work shifts in high radiation Zone. The outline of destroyed reactor already almost blocked from view by the sarcophagus' walls. The road to the atomic power plant, roadsides covered with plastic. Road signs: "Caution, radioactivity! Don't stop!" We keep meeting armored troop carriers driving at full speed. No faces, men wearing masks. It all brings back memories of amazing prevision of Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker. Only this is no film. This here is life. The second part I called Quo Vadis? - Where do you go? It is my tribute to the ones who sacrificed their lives to save us from a catastrophe, from the unpredictable consequences no matter where we are, in what country or what point on this planet. Garry Grodberg has been the first to play this symphony - Chernobyl. I have great esteem for him as organist, as musician. But this is not the point. It has been Garry Grodberg who visited Kiev in just a few days after the explosion to play for Kievan audiences".  Mikael Tariverdiev


 

Mikael Tariverdiev
August 15, 1931, Tbilisi - July 25, 1996, Sochi

Mikael Tariverdiev - everybody in Russia knows the name in connection with film music, especially with two cult films: "Seventeen Moments of Spring" and "The Irony of Fate". But apart from writing music scores for 132 films, Mikael Tariverdiev is also the composer of chamber vocal cycles, of four ballets, of four operas, of a number of pieces of organ and instrumental music. Student of Aram Khachaturyan (he graduated from the Gnesin Institute, composition class, in 1957), and made his debut as composer when the famed chamber singer Zara Dolukhanova sang his vocal pieces at Moscow Conservatoire Great Hall. Boris Pokrovsky's Chamber Music Theatre started its life with Mikael Tariverdiev's opera "Who Are You?". His comic opera "Count Cagliostro", first produced by this famous theatre in December 1983, has become a mainstay of its repertory and has been presented by the theatre in all its foreign tours.

In the last decade Mikael Tariverdiev concentrated on instrumental music. He composed three organ concerts "Cassandra, "Cahier Polyphonic", "Third Concert", Ten Chorale Preludes "In Imitation of Old Masters" and the organ symphony "Chernobyl" prompted by the impressions of his trip to Chernobyl soon after the catastrophe. Among his later pieces there are two concerts for violin and orchestra and the "Romantic Style" Concert for Viola and String Orchestra composed on the request of the well-kown musician Yury Bashmet.

Mikael Tariverdiev combines two seemingly incompatible traits. His music is always recognizable by the very first bars, recognizable irrespective of its genre - be it film music, theatre, opera or vocal, it invariably bears the imprint of his unique intonation, it has got a face of its own. But as a composer he kept changing, kept searching for new approaches, kept pursuing new aims. In the sixties, after the roaring success of the romances presented by Zara Dolukhanova, refined pieces, exquisite like drawings in Indian ink, he proclaimed the "third direction".

What was it, what was its philosophy? A challenge to academism on the one hand or to the triteness of mass culture on the other. But when the third direction is joined by the others becoming popular he reverts to academic genres, but unlike those who are getting bogged down in the maze of avant-garde, Tariverdiev goes for the classical comic opera, for baroque polyphonic organ concert. He fills this music with modern sensibilities, with freshness of feeling again and again bridging the gap between the present day and the past, molding fragmented music directions into a whole the name of which is just music.

Mikael Tariverdiev won 18 international prizes, among them American Music Academy's award (1975), Japan's recording company Victor's award (1978), three Nika awards for the best film scores of the year 1991, 1994 and 1997. He has been awarded the State prize of the USSR Lenin Konsomol prize (1977), the title of People's artist of Russia (1986). He headed the Composers' Guild of Cinematographers' Union since its inception and he was the Art Director of New Names - International Charity Program.


  
        The Best of Mikael Tariverdiev  -  Russian Film Music IV

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"Prelude" from the film "Goodbye Boys" (1964) Director Michail Kalik

"The last Romantic" from the film "Small School Orchestra" (1968) Directors  Nikolay Rasheev & Alexabder  Muratov
"You are leaving like a train" from the film "To Love" (1966) Director Michail Kalik

"Morning in Moscow" Prelude from the film "Olga Sergeevna" (1975) Director Alexander Proshkin
"Love Theme" from the film "Lost Expedition" (1979) Director D Veniamin Dorman
"Waltz" from the film "17 Moments of Spring" (1973) Director Tatiana Lioznova 
"Couple in a Cafe" (Prelude from the film "17 Moments of Spring" (1973) Director tatiana Lioznova
"Music on the Water" from the film "Romance alla Russo" (1994) Director Aloiz Brench
"The Promise of Love" from the film "Romance alla Russo" (1994) Director Aloiz Brench 

"Flight" from the film "Mystery in a Endhouse" (1989) Director Vadim Derbenev
"A Distant sailboat" from the performance "Maria Stewart" (1996) Staging by Vladimir Andreev
"Sunrise over the Sea" from the film "All we dreamed about" (1996) Director Rudolf Fruntov

"Lovers" from the performance "Criminal Trio" (1994) staging by Ekaterina Yelanskaya
"On the steps of the Cathedral" from the film "Flight through memory" (1987) Director Vladimir Konovalov
"Vision of Mary" from the performance  "Maria Stewart" (1996) staging by Vladimir Andreev 
"Death in Venice" from the film "Senses Conspiracy" (1989) Director Vadim Derbenev
"End of the Holiday" from the film "Endhouse Mystery" (1989) Director Vadim Derbenev
"Busker" from the film "Romance alla Russo" (1994) Director Aloiz Brench 
"Melody" from the film "The Irony of Fate" (1976) Director Eldar Ryazanov
"Hope" from the film "The Irony of Fate" (1976) Director Eldar Ryazanov
"The third Street Builders" from the film "Irony of Fate" (1976) Director Eldar Ryazanov 
"Prelude" from the film "The younger brother" (1962) Director Alexander Zarkhi 

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Total time

64:24

 

 

           The Best of Mikael Tariverdiev  -  Russian Film Music IV

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"Recollection of Summer" from the film "Olga Sergeevna" (1975) Alexander Proshkin
"Morning" from the film "Olga Sergeevna" (1975) Alexander Proshkin
"Morning in the mountains" from the film "Olga Sergeevna" (1975) Alexander Proshkin
"Barbara" from the film "Fate of the resident" (1970) Director Veniamin Dorman
"Habanera" from the film "Copper Angel" (1979) Director Veniamin Dorman
"Morning River" from the film "Fifteen Spring" (1971) Director Inessa Tumanyan
"Night of Fun" from the film "Night of Fun" (1992) Directors Valery Uskov & Vladimir Krasnopolsky
"Summer Mist" from the film "Summer People" (1996) Director Sergey Ursuliak
"I promised - I will leave" from the film "I promised - I will Leave" (1991) Director Valery Ahadov
"Small Dance" Prelude from the film "Russian Rag-time" (1993) Director Sergey Ursuliak
"Theme" from the film "Thief" (1995) Director Valery Uskov & Vladimir Krasnopolsky
"Dream" from the film "All we dreamed about" (1996) Director Rudolf Fruntov   
"Morning Moscow" from the film "Still Waters"  (2000) Director Eldar Ryazanov 
"Memories of Summer" from the film "Still Waters" (2000) Director Eldar Ryazanov
"The Train" from the film "Still Waters"  (2000) Director Eldar Ryazanov
"Still Waters" from the film "Still Waters" (2000) Director Eldar Ryazanov
"Meeting on the Boulevard" from the film "Still Waters" (2000) Director Eldar Ryazanov
"Feast on the pier" from the film "Still Waters" (2000) Director Eldar Ryazanov
"The last Sight" from the film "Still Waters" (2000) Director Eldar Ryazanov 
"Playing together" from the film "Till Tomorrow" (1964) Director Alexander Davidson & Tikhon Nepomniaschiy
"Russian Rag-time1" from the film "Till Tomorrow" (1964) Director Alexander Davidson & Tikhon Nepomniaschiy
"Music" from the film "To Love" (1996) Director Michail Kalik

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Total time

60:59

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