The Iron Curtain made sure Mikael Taraverdiev remained relatively unknown in the west, but from the early 1960s to his death the early 1990s, he was one of the Soviet Union’s most celebrated musicians, composing more than 130 film and TV scores, along with countless other projects. It’s his film music that is the focus of Earth Records’ new three-disc compilation — and it’s a wonderful introduction to the world of Tariverdiev.

I haven’t seen the three films this music was meant to accompany (Goodbye, Boys!, I Am A Tree and Snow Over Leningrad), but that’s not a problem; they conjure up a plethora visuals all on their own, calling to mind the work of other soundtrack masters Nino Rota and Michel Legrand (and occasionally the intricate miniatures Mark Mothersbaugh has created for the films of Wes Anderson). Whether Tariverdiev is coming up with smoky jazz, baroque solo piano pieces or beguiling chamber music, the sounds are always deeply evocative, wistful and pleasingly melancholy. A transportive listening experience, and happily, just the tip of the Tariverdiev iceberg. words / t wilcox

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One Response to “Tariverdiev :: Film Music”

  1. A great effort to make this wonderful composer known outside Russia, but, judging by the titles, there are more than 3 films covered (some titles , ie 18-22 are definitely from the 17 Moments Of Spring, an early 70s TV mini-series about a Soviet spy in Nazi Berlin). Also, there was no film titled Snow Over Leningrad, the eponymous tune (and several following) are from the Irony Of Fate, another Soviet era made for TV movie, which is an ever green fave with the audiences for some 40 years. It’s smth like th White Christmas for Russia, this channel or that (or even several of them) definitely show it during the New year;s eve.

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