For over a decade, Maral Agaeva, the Chamber Ensemble Department Head at the Turkmen National Conservatory has been presenting her students in tours of the country’s regions.
The spring musical tour of young talents acquaints young listeners of the country with the works by famous Turkmen and foreign composers. Concerts are given on the stages of art schools and secondary special musical institutions.
The performers also entertained the metropolitan audience, performing on the stage of their native conservatory. The concert was opened by an ensemble of three teacher musicians – Muhammetchary Annamuradov (hoboy), Rahat Chariyev (bassoon) and Maral Agayeva (piano). They performed a rare music – the composition by Theodore Lalliet, which is infrequent on Turkmen stages. The audience appreciated the melodic and fresh sound, the brightness of musical images.
Then students performed for music lovers. Third-year student Merdanberdi Bayramov (cello) with the support of Maral Agayeva performed Adagio by Shostakovich.
Lauretta’s aria from the opera Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini was performed by the solo singing department teacher, magnificent soprano Aina Seyitkuliyeva. 2nd year student Mekan Kurbanov accompanied her playing the piano. The romantic song Haýrana galar by Nury Halmammedov and the song Jan Türkmenistan by Veli Muhatov sounded in contrast and, at the same time, in full harmony with the Italian classic.
The concert was continued by a wonderful duet of student pianists Serdar Annamuradov and Mekan Kurbanov, who played a scherzo dance from the ballet Chipollino by Khachaturian.
And in the final, a trio of third-year students Mekan Meretdurdiyev (violin), Merdanberdi Bayramov (cello) and Ajap Ilova (piano) performed the work by the “last romantic” of Russian music Sergei Rachmaninov. Thrill, pain, sadness, confusion from musical modulations, and delight from the ability of young performers to convey emotions so accurately with sound delighted the audience and won a storm of applause.
It was interesting that young musicians are increasingly referring to the “forgotten heritage of world music”: works rarely performed on world stages. Today, introducing listeners to a new name or a new performance of a famous work is for Turkmen artists a sign of good taste and deep respect for both fans and their work. That is why they devote all their effort to it with all seriousness, tirelessly inventing more and more new ways to surprise a grateful listener.