If you ever had the pleasure of buying those Olympia CDs that attempted to present some very interesting but rarely explored Russian music, you might have heard the name (Olympia went out of business and its CDs are now a great rarity).
I happened upon Kasparov’s solo bassoon piece this morning and thought I’d read up on him a bit. I found this wonderful student recording on the all-mighty you-tubes (give it a listen, it ends nicely despite some awkward camera work):
And then there is a nice clip from a French program over here:
And, yes, those are your regular cartoons on TV – many great composers in the Soviet times wrote music for films and cartoons. That’s why I turned out so well – drop your idiotic “Baby Mozart” and put on some Weinberg or Myaskovsky.
And here’s some Edison Denisov, Kasparov’s teacher, who is more known in the West, I think: