The Times: “Muslim Magomaev was an event, from the moment he took to the stage”

The Times: “Muslim Magomaev was an event, from the moment he took to the stage”
# 29 October 2008 08:25 (UTC +04:00)
The Times called Muslim Magomaev as the “Soviet Sinatra”. “Muslim Magomaev was a hugely popular Azerbaijani singer whose talents embraced traditional song, operatic arias and jazz standards and who rejoiced in being known as the “Soviet Sinatra”. Magomaev was born in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, into a family of talented Azeri performers. From an early age Magomaev displayed clear musical talent and studied music first at the school attached to the Baku Conservatoire, and later at the conservatoire itself, specializing in piano and composition. Those who remember his earliest performances in Moscow say that he was more than a singer; he was an event, from the moment he took to the stage. His winning of official approval so early in his career meant that he was able to travel and work abroad — at La Scala, Milan. After Milan he went to Paris to work at the Olympia Theatre”.
Then the authors are speaking about his creative work and his repertoire. “From 1975 to 1989 Magomaev was artistic director of the Azerbaijan State Symphony Orchestra, and continued to give public performances. He was as proud of his native Azerbaijan. His records sold more than four million copies, and he maintained his broad repertoire, including opera, love songs, jazz, and traditional Russian and popular songs. He also composed music for the theatre and film”.
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