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"The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between." - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Alexander Raskatov

Born in Moscow in 1953, Alexander Mikhailovich Raskatov studied at the Conservatory of his native city under Alfred Leman, finishing his postgraduate studies in 1982, and has lived in Germany and then France since the 1990s.  His music is frequently extraordinarily difficult to describe, but constants in his work have been an ear for delicacy of sound and beauty of color, as well as a penchant for silence, or, more exactly, near-silence.  The musicologist Vladimir Barsky’s observation that “it would be fully justified to say that at the beginning of Alexander Raskatov’s creative work there was word” also goes some way to reaching the essence of this music.

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