Tariverdiev scored over 130 films during his lifetime, also writing classical music for more than a hundred romances, ballets, operas and chamber vocal cycles. He received many awards for his work including 18 international prizes; the American Music Academy’s award (1975), three Nika awards for the best film scores of the year, USSR State Prize (1977), the Lenin Konsomol prize (1977) and the title of People’s artist of Russia (1986). Aside from writing music he also went on to be Head of the Composers’ Guild Of Soviet Cinematographer’s Union.
Earth’s work in bringing this seminal composer’s particular genius to the fore has garnered universal praise, with The Guardian proclaiming him to be like a “Surf Rock Shostakovich”.
“Like Surf-Rock Shostakovich… think a Soviet Gainsbourg whose vowel sounds will convince you that Russian is the only language for singing about love”The Guardian