Антон БАТАГОВ  Save changes before closing?

For you oh the insane ones, who are rising from their seats to applaud to Michael Nyman; for you, oh the tender ones, who think that "ba-ba-ba-lu-ba" is just a kind of white noise; for you, oh...

For you oh the insane ones, who are rising from their seats to applaud to Michael Nyman; for you, oh the tender ones, who think that "ba-ba-ba-lu-ba" is just a kind of white noise; for you, oh red-eyed ones, who are making love to the computers, leaving a wet kiss on the monitor... Anton Batagov composes his music for you.

Batagov does not need to be introduced to anyone who is interested in contemporary music. They call him "a composer of XXI century", a postminimalist, "an alternative genius". Well, he is. He writes music for TV, he composes soundtracks, he is an excellent musician, he is... he is Anton Batagov. Brian Eno wrote to him after listening to his CD (where Batagov plays Ravel): "Your recording is special: I find it direct, moving and completely fascinating. I don't hear it as 'classical music' - just as music. I don't hear someone showing off how clever they can be, but instead someone inside the music, an explorer discovering intricate new feelings. It makes me realize I've never really 'heard' Ravel before".

But all those words are almost useless when you talk about Batagov as a composer. There is nothing to say. He does not leave words to us. Just the sound - obtrusive and clear. Save changes before closing, feel some agitation before listening to Batagov, think twice before turning your CD-player off. Anton Batagov is going to make changes in your heart. Yes / No / Cancel

08.10.1999, Ксения РОЖДЕСТВЕНСКАЯ (ЗВУКИ РУ)