Monday, 11 July 2016

Djanali Akperov sings Azerbaijanian Mugams - LP published in Soviet Azerbaijan in 1982

Here we present a LP by one of the greatest Mugam singers of the second half of the 20th century. In the last post there were already four pieces by him. Maison des Cultures du Monde in Paris published in 1996 a wonderful double CD by him, which is still available on their website: here

Here part of their liner notes:
"The mugham, the classical music of Azerbaijan, holds pride of place among the oriental music for its beauty, its power of expression and its extraordinary vitality. Although this music is monodic and modal, each musician, whether singer, lute (târ) or bowed lute (kemânche) player, enjoys a great freedom of interpretation which provides its special depth. The mugham offers, at one and the same time, outstanding diversity and unity: the alternance of compositions and semi-improvisations, of free and regular rhythms, of joyful and sombre moods, is balanced by the smoothness with which all these elements are linked together without interruption.
Born in the 1940s, Djanali Akberov learnt music from his family. Then, he followed Syed Shushinski's courses at the Zeynali School of Music, while he became impregnated with the art of Khân Shushinski through his concerts and radio broadcasts. Hence, Djanali Akberov is an heir of the two greatest singers of the first half of the 20th century and an outstanding figure in Azeri classical music. Despite his age of 50 when these recordings are made, Djanali maintains the qualities of voice tone and vocal suppleness of a young singer with, in addition, an understanding, a depth of interpretation that only comes with maturity."


Richard said...


Mason GIbb said...

thank you for introducing me to the good things in life.

AmbroseBierce said...

Oh yes! My Azeri colleague will bedelighted by this!

roberth said...

THANK YOU for yr blog, your research, your passion,and sharing this hard to find music that expands all boundaries