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
Radio BBC characterized him as one of the most unusual and significant musicians of his generation. Anton Batagov, born October 10, 1965 in Moscow, studied with Anna Kantor at the Gnessin...
10 октября 1965
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Radio BBC characterized him as one of the most unusual and significant musicians of his generation. Anton Batagov, born October 10, 1965 in Moscow, studied with Anna Kantor at the Gnessin School (piano) and with Tatiana Nikolayeva at the Moscow Conservatory (piano and composition). Prize-winner at four competitions: Concertino-Prague (1981), the All-Soviet Piano Competition (1985), the Tchaikovsky Competition (1986) and the Sydney International Piano Competition (1988). Performances in Russia, most European countries and the U.S.A. His creative position is opposite that of a "philarmonic tuxedo musician". A focal point of Batagov's concepts is its link to the post-Cagean philosophy, which cancels boundaries between the notions performance and composition by viewing all existing musical practices, from ancient music to rock / pop culture, as potential elements which might be used when performing / composing virtually any piece of music.…