Mikael Tariverdiev

Visions in Black & White

£17.99
  • Mikael Tariverdiev - Visions in Black & White
6th November 2020 / Ltd LP / Earth Recordings
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Mikael Tariverdiev

Visions in Black & White

£17.99

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Visions in Black and White’ is a collection of rare jazz and improvised themes by one of the greatest Russian film composers Mikael Tariverdiev (1931-1996). Transferred from the original tapes and beautifully remastered, these recordings manage to retain their original ambience and capture a master at work.

+ Ltd edition White vinyl.

Originally composed for cinema and TV movies of the 1960s and 1970s, it centres on Mikael playing at the piano and keyboard. Many of the compositions can be described as jazz, a genre whose troubled story in the Soviet Union meant they probably would not have existed outside the context of a film score. But, as Vera Tariverdieva, Mikael’s wife, tells, it is probably more in accordance with his vision to hear them in the context of his life-long love of improvisation.

"Astoundingly, he said more than once that he wasn’t fond of jazz. This perplexed me, as he’d always been great at improvisation. Imagine my amazement then when I rummaged through one of our old closets and found a crumbling old tape. It was the score for the 1964 film ‘Until Tomorrow’. I played it. And the realisation came: not only had Mikael had been fond of jazz — no, he’d been an amazing jazz musician.” Vera Tariverdieva

The pieces here are an introduction to Mikael’s musical world. The tonality of individual tracks varies - they were transferred from original tapes of different eras and conditions that are kept in the Tariverdiev apartment in Moscow where Vera still lives and works.

Side A
1 Playing Together
2 Unfinished recording (variation)
3 Theme from Olga Sergeevna
4 Prelude
5 Theme from To Love
6 Sunlit Pavement

Side B
7 Visions
8 Theme from The Little School Orchestra
9 Sunday
10 4am
11 Black and White
12 In Search of a Theme
13 Moscow
14 All This Jazz
Format /Ltd LP
Released /6th November 2020
Catalogue / EARTHLP038X
Barcode / 809236173812
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