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BAGDASARIAN, Eduard (1922-1987)

PIANO AND VIOLIN MUSIC

24 PRELUDES • RHAPSODY IN B MINOR • NOCTURNE IN A MAJOR


  • Mikael Ayrapetyan, piano
  • Vladimir Sergeev, violin

Eduard Ivanovich Bagdasarian was a key figure in the modern development of Armenian music, and his piano works have a unique importance in an oeuvre which covered almost every genre. The tremendously varied 24 Preludes encompass all of the major and minor keys with the added colour of Armenian modes. This mastery of miniature forms contrasts with the impassioned and ambitious Rhapsody, while the archetypally Romantic Nocturne draws on the tradition of the great Russian Adagio.

Tracklist

 
24 Preludes (1958) (00:52:34 )
1
No. 1 in C Major * (00:01:29)
2
No. 2 in A Minor * (00:00:35)
3
No. 3 in G Major * (00:00:38)
4
No. 4 in E Minor * (00:01:18)
5
No. 5 in D Major * (00:01:16)
6
No. 6 in B Minor * (00:03:18)
7
No. 7 in A Major * (00:02:13)
8
No. 8 in F-Sharp Minor * (00:00:45)
9
No. 9 in E Major * (00:01:11)
10
No. 10 in C-Sharp Minor * (00:02:48)
11
No. 11 in B Major * (00:01:53)
12
No. 12 in G-Sharp Minor * (00:02:29)
13
No. 13 in F-Sharp Major * (00:01:17)
14
No. 14 in E-Flat Minor * (00:03:01)
15
No. 15 in D-Flat Major * (00:01:12)
16
No. 16 in B-Flat Minor * (00:01:01)
17
No. 17 in A-Flat Major * (00:00:46)
18
No. 18 in F Minor * (00:01:09)
19
No. 19 in E-Flat Major * (00:01:23)
20
No. 20 in C Minor * (00:03:35)
21
No. 21 in B-Flat Major * (00:01:35)
22
No. 22 in G Minor * (00:00:42)
23
No. 23 in F Major * (00:00:34)
24
No. 24 in D Minor * (00:03:36)
25
Rhapsody (version for violin and piano) () (00:12:45)
26
Nocturne in A Major () (00:04:47)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 00:57:16

The Artist

Ayrapetyan, Mikael Mikael Ayrapetyan was born in 1984 in Yerevan, Armenia, where he had his early schooling. His repertoire ranges from the baroque to the contemporary and includes rarely performed works of Armenian composers whose music had not until then been performed. He is actively engaged in the popularisation of Armenian classical music, organising concerts in major concert-halls of the world, and acting as producer, artistic director and pianist for these performances.

Vladimir Sergeev was born in 1985 in Yaroslavl and started to learn the violin at the age of six. In 1996 he won his first prize in a regional competition for young violinists and in 2000 entered the Academic Music College of the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory as a student of People’s Artist of Georgia M.L. Yashvili. He was also trained by Yashvili at the Moscow Conservatory from 2004 to 2009, and in postgraduate studies until 2012. During his training, he became a laureate of the all-Russian competitions of Belgorod (1999) and Ryazan (2000) and in 2009 won the International St Petersburg Competition.

Reviews

“In praising this music, I am by default praising the playing of pianist Ayrapetyan, whose style is so wonderfully musical yet self-effacing that attention is always drawn to the composer.” – Fanfare

International Piano

“Mikael Ayrapetyan makes the best possible case for this music, enshrined in a fine recording.” – International Piano