MIKAEL TARIVERDIEV – Visions in Black and White
LP – Limited Edition White Vinyl
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.
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. 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.
1 Playing Together
2 Unfinished recording (variation)
3 Theme from Olga Sergeevna
5 Theme from To Love
6 Sunlit Pavement
8 Theme from The Little School Orchestra
11 Black and White
12 In Search of a Theme
14 All This Jazz
LABEL: Earth Recordings
CAT NO: EARTHLP038X