The Turkmen National Music Conservatory's Big Hall has played host to an evening of music featuring works by our fellow countryman, composer Mamed Guseynov, currently living and working in Russia.
The renowned composer works in various music genres, but vocal chamber compositions hold a special place in his life and career. He has turned poems by Sergey Esenin, Mikhail Lermontov, Charles Baudelaire, William Shakespeare, and Magtymguly into music.
As the concert started, exquisitely poetic music filled the air. Famous singer Bakhar Durdyeva sang songs based on poems written by Mikhail Lermontov, Rasul Gamzatov, Andrey Dementyev, and Kurbannazar Ezizov. 'Turkmen Rhapsody' was inspired by Magtymguly Pyragy's poem translated by Arseniy Tarkovsky.
Violinist Bakhram Dolyev performed a piece called 'The Apple', inspired by a poem by Andrey Dementyev, who composed it after he had seen the enormous sculpture called 'The Apple' in one of the halls of the Museum and Expo Complex of the Russian Academy of Arts. By the way, Mamed Guseynov dedicated a collection of sheet music entitled 'Selected Vocal Works' with illustrations by Zurab Tsereteli to the 260th anniversary of the Russian Academy of Arts (2017).
A string quartet 'Parthian Frescoes' by the composer, whose works harmoniously reflect his interest in history, painting and literature, was inspired by fragments of frescoes that once decorated the walls of the palace complex at Nisa, the capital of the Parthian Empire. When taking a close look at them, Mamed Suleymanovich came up with an idea of creating a piece imbued with a mosaic of sounds. The musical interpretation celebrating the Turkmen nation's historical and cultural heritage artifacts was played by the String Orchestra under the baton of Takhir Ataev.
Bakhar Annadurdyeva, a winner of international competitions, provided piano accompaniment at the concert.
Source: Turkmenistan: the Golden Age Online Newspaper