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Moscow to host concert commemorating "King of Songs"

14 August 2017 [17:26] - TODAY.AZ

By Azernews

By Laman Ismayilova

A concert marking the 75th anniversary of the world-renowned singer and composer, People's Artist of USSR Muslim Magomayev will be held in Moscow.

The two-part concert will take place at Crocus City Hall on October 21, Azertac reported. Songs from the famous singer`s repertoire will sound on the stage. 

A televised version of the concert will be shown on the Channel One Russia.

Azerbaijan's baritone Muslim Magomayev won the audience with charisma and sincerity. He quickly became a cult figure that gave many concerts filling huge arenas all across the Soviet Union, while his albums sold millions.

He became famous around the USSR at the age of 19 after a stellar performance at the Kremlin Palace in Moscow. He became known in Europe after a successful performance at the Youth Festival in Helsinki, Finland.

A very important stage in mastering his vocals skills even further was his training in the "La Scala" Opera Theater in Milan. Muslim's stay in Italy – a country of innumerable art treasures and the home of belcanto – in the 1960s was not only beneficial for his singing, but also affected his inner world.

At age of 30, Magomayev was one of the youngest recipients of the highest artistic title, People's Artist of the USSR. He also received numerous awards for his contribution to opera and popular music in the Soviet Union.

The legendary singer also wrote songs, film soundtracks and music for theater performances. In addition, he played in films and acted as a host in television and radio broadcasts.
He also loved to paint pictures, but called it his hobby.

In later life, Magomayev struggled with a serious heart condition. In 1998, Magomayev officially ended his musical career and gave only a few performances together with his wife.

One of the greatest singers of 20th century died of a heart failure in Moscow on October 25, 2008 and was laid to rest in Baku.


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