Tango Forever by Ilya Dimov is a good-natured piece that thoroughly exploits the ebullient moods and rhythms of the tango. A native of Uzbekistan, Ilya Dimov earned a master’s degree in music theory and composition from Khamza State Music College in Tashkent. He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Watch the Khachaturian Trio performance LIVE from the Malta International Music Festival:
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Live from the Malta International Music Festival
The multicultural melting pot of Malta is home to the Malta International Music Festival, a major cultural event hosted annually by this Mediterranean island nation. One of the Festival’s most memorable concerts—the one recorded here—took place in 2017: a Trio Gala program for which the well-known Khachaturian Trio as well as five other brilliant musicians—formed into trios (and one duo)—performed a dazzling array of varied and highly appealing music.
The program includes both well-known and novel music by Maltese composers Joseph Vella and Alexey Shore; also Uzbekistan native Ilya Dimov. Highlights include a brilliant rendition of Khachaturian’s world-famous Sabre Dance in a version for piano trio, the sublime Andante from Arno Babadjanian’s Piano Trio, and a breathtaking performance of the much-loved Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia for violin and cello.