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Mikael Tariverdiev, ‘Film Music’

Had Washington and Moscow been on better terms during the 20th century, Mikael Tariverdiev would be a household name here — at least among film buffs and music nerds. But since mutually assured destruction tends to preclude mutual admiration, only in 2015 does one of Russia’s most revered film composers get his stateside due. “Film Music,” available on three LPs or 3 CDs from Earth Recordings, marks the first major retrospective of Tariverdiev’s work on this side of the old Iron Curtain, and provides a sublime, succinct overview of the composer’s sprawling catalog. Known on these shores for the soundtrack to “Goodbye, Boys!” — Mikhail Khalik’s censored ’60s film, revived during the glasnost era — Tariverdiev had a profound gift for melody. His compositions slip between folk, pop, and art music, often fusing those genres together to create sounds that are simultaneously exotic and familiar, illustrative and emotive. From the wordless found-sound and piano of “Goodbye, Boys” to the pastoral melancholy of “What Is Happening to Me,” Tariverdiev creates songs that radiate vitality and beauty, transcending cultural and political barriers. (www.tariverdiev


ESSENTIAL “Melody (from ‘The Irony of Fate’)”