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Eugene Astapov / Press

“Astapov wrote the piece to be played on April 12, Myths of Ancient Bosphorus, he had become completely absorbed in the palette available for symphonic music, and he hopes that he has not fallen victim to new balance issues. Although rehearsals had not yet begun as of press time, the score suggests that he has done very well.”

“Mr. Astapov’s “Myths of Ancient Bosphorus,” [is] based on the history of the Crimean peninsula, where he is from. The second of three movements, “Canticum,” moved from rich, almost Baroque string harmonies to a depiction of a ritual sacrifice with some of the aggression of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring.”

"His music possesses a very sincere personality".

Giya Kancheli

"...[in this music] I hear a struggle over the dying of true art"

Sofia Gubaidulina