The new sound of a string orchestra and … double bass solo!

The new sound of a string orchestra and … double bass solo!

Tahir Ataev’s string orchestra put together a new “musical collage” and presented a concert program consisting of masterpieces of violin music. In the large hall of the Turkmen National Conservatory named after Maya Kuliyeva, one of the leading concert venues in the country, an amazing evening of works by classical composers took place. But as you know the classic art is elitist, is not that why it seems to be the prerogative of the elite?

The question, of course, is controversial, because the young string ensemble has already had a lot of admirers. Tahir Ataev’s concerts are awaited not only by professional musicians, but also by those who are deeply touched by the magical sounds of violins, the extraordinary expressiveness of the cello and the virtuoso-singing possibilities of double bass, which are a little lower.

The opening of the concert program was the composition of the Norwegian composer Edward Grieg – suite “From the time of Holberg.” Originally written for piano, but later converted into an orchestral version for a string ensemble, the suite is permeated with the spirit of ancient music. Grieg dedicated this work to the celebration of the bicentennial of the Norwegian-Danish writer Ludwig Holberg in 1884.

Tahir Ataev never ceases to amaze, this time, having abandoned the conductor’s console, the musician took the position of viola player in the orchestra. As it turned out, the string collective changed the very layout of the musicians.

– Some works, for example, those of Grieg or Arensky, musicians play without a conductor, – says Tahir Ataev. – This suggests that my colleagues have already studied the material and every note so well that I can freely join the orchestra and play music with them. As for the change of location, much depends on the correct landing of musicians. Having slightly changed its structure, we came to the conclusion that we feel each other better, and inside the orchestra there is more eye contact between the performers.

Professional musicians from among the guests of the classic evening immediately drew attention to the fact that the orchestra sounded in a new way. As always, the audience was generous with a standing ovation. With long applause, they welcomed the debut of Behzod Saparbayev, who performed Claude Debussy’s Beautiful Evening, and Meditation by Jules Massenet performed by the accompanist of the orchestra Bahram Doliev.

The poet Alexander Vertinsky wrote: “You forgive everything for the Sarasate Concert.” So this time, it immediately became clear that the violinists Ogulson Yazova and Altyn Nurmuradova, who had chosen the composition “Navarra” by Pablo de Sarasate for duet performance, became yet another opening of the musical evening.

But the public’s third year student at the National Conservatory, Guvanch Saryev, who performed Tarantella for double bass with the Reyhold Glier band, deserved special attention. The largest instrument in the orchestra – double bass – solo extremely rarely. The dynamic technique of the young double bass player instantly conquered absolutely everyone present in the hall.

“I have been practicing the double bass since the fourth grade, the instrument is not popular and, moreover,“ heavy, ”but I really like it,” says Guvanch Saryev. – In order to “sound” well on the double bass, you need to make a lot of physical effort. This is the second concert when my overall instrument is brought to the fore. It’s a pleasure to work in the Tahir Ataev’s orchestra, we are all here as one family, and Tahir can be called our “musical father”.