In the beginning of his professional career Anton Batagov won the recognition as an exceptional performer of the piano-music from classical and modern composers, and later he introduced to the public self-produced electronic and experimental works. However, both who pinned on the artist the “pianist” label at one time and the “composer” label at another were deluded.
Recorded in January 1999 at the Radio House Studio in Moscow, “Music for Piano” was taken on special significance for its author but was stored in archives. It looks now like Batagov attempted to avoid the inevitable appearance of a new label in conformity with that work: for the first time in his practice he performed his own piano-music! One year after he wrote: “These years I’ve once and for all bid farewell to the authorship complex as applied to others’ or my own music. All these abstracts of individuality, your own or someone else’s style, innovation, and etceteras are nothing more than the manifestation of egoism and the wish to confirm one’s vain ego-superiority over other egos.”
Batagov’s Music for Piano, released in the end of 2003, remains beyond any particularized expertise or criticism. It reveals the development of the artist’s personal aesthetics: the next creative act that helps escaping “the temptation of fixing personal (and global) errors and neurotic illusions and then presenting all these as one’s individuality.” A true meaning of what Anton Batagov did more than five years ago is a continuing movement along the path of Knowledge. With this in mind, a listener will definitely comprehend the delicate and charming nature of Batagov’s piano-performance, as well as the pure and blessed spirit of his piano-music.