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Alim Qasimov Ensemble

Alim Qasimov Ensemble / The Legendary Art of Mugham

The Legendary Art of Mugham

Wherever Alim Qasimov performs, he arouses overwhelming emotions and inspires journalists to veritable hymns of praise. His dramatic renditions, the virtuosity of his singing, and his vibrant tones have earned him the attribute "the magical voice" (Le Monde). This serious newspaper went on to make the following daring prediction: "In the not too distant future, his name will shine like that of Nusrat Fatek Ali Khan." The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung spoke of a "vocal miracle: each individual tone expresses fundamental emotions, the graceful beauty and atmospheric density of the music spans hours, even centuries, creating moments that are eternal. His perfect coloratura seems to soar over canyon-like distances with weightless ease, never artificial." Alim Qasimov is accompanied by two of his country’s most acclaimed musicians on the long-necked lute, tar, and the spike fiddle, kemanche. With instinctive assurance, they anticipate each note, illumining it with instrumental proficiency. Together they form the most popular Mugham trio in Azerbaijan. This is an already historical document of their much-lauded WDR concert in Cologne, during which Alim Qasimov introduced his 18-year-old daughter Ferganah for the first time, "the warm timbre and astonishing maturity of whose trained voice resound like a low-pitched bell". (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)

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