Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Unusual concertos [31]: Tar

Before the purge of end 2008, one of the most popular topics of this blog was "Unusual concertos", classical concertos for all kinds of instruments and orchestra. I have decided to revive this, aiming for less familiar composers in general. In its original incarnation, I came to 40 different concertante instruments - aiming for 50+ this time.

The thirty-first concerto deals with the tar, a Persian lute-like instrument that has spread all over the Caucasus region (image credit). Predictably, there is little classical music concertante repertoire for this uncommon instrument, but I have found one: the concerto by composer Khanmammadov from Azerbaijan. It is played by Ramiz Gulyev and the Azerbaijan State Symphony Orchestra under Adigozalov from a Boonloom CD.

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