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Artist
Mikael Tariverdiev
ReleaseProduct
Visions in Black & White
Label
Earth Recordings
Catalogue Number
EARTHLP038X
Release Date
November 6, 2020

Press Release

‘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.

"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.

Pre-order Information

We endeavour to ensure pre-orders reach you on the official release date. The date indicated above is the nearest possible delivery date according to the distributor, and is therefore liable to change at any time in accordance with changes made by the distributor.

Track List

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

  1. Visions
  2. Theme from The Little School Orchestra
  3. Sunday
  4. 4am
  5. Black and White
  6. In Search of a Theme
  7. Moscow
  8. All This Jazz

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