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ABRAMIAN, Eduard (1923-1986)

24 PRELUDES FOR PIANO


  • Mikael Ayrapetyan, piano

The composer, pianist and teacher Eduard Aslanovich Abramian was one of the most significant and respected figures in the development of modern Armenian music. Drawing on features of Armenian folklore, Abramian’s impressive 24 Preludes do not follow a highly-structured tonal scheme but one which appears to be spontaneous, key following key principally to satisfy the need for dramatic contrast of mood and colour.

Tracklist

 
24 Preludes (1972) (00:54:58 )
1
No. 1 in E-Flat Major (00:01:23)
2
No. 2 in C Major (00:02:54)
3
No. 3 in E Minor (00:02:14)
4
No. 4 in E-Flat Minor (00:03:05)
5
No. 5 in D Minor (00:04:41)
6
No. 6 in C-Sharp Minor (00:02:00)
7
No. 7 in D-Flat Major (00:02:56)
8
No. 8 in B-Flat Major (00:02:13)
9
No. 9 in F-Sharp Major (00:02:51)
10
No. 10 in E Major (00:01:26)
11
No. 11 in F-Sharp Minor (00:03:16)
12
No. 12 in F Minor (00:01:36)
13
No. 13 in A Major (00:03:09)
14
No. 14 in B-Flat Minor (00:01:21)
15
No. 15 in D Minor (00:03:50)
16
No. 16 in F Major (00:02:16)
17
No. 17 in B Major (00:01:15)
18
No. 18 in G Minor (00:02:10)
19
No. 19 in G-Sharp Minor (00:02:54)
20
No. 20 in A-Flat Major (00:02:52)
21
No. 21 in C Minor (00:01:55)
22
No. 22 in G Major (00:03:02)
23
No. 23 in E-Flat Minor (00:02:43)
24
No. 24 in B Minor (00:02:42)
World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:00:44

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.

Reviews

ClassicsToday.com

“Mikael Ayrapetyan’s assured technique and natural flair for his countryman’s aesthetic result in performances that effortlessly fuse poetic nuance and high-octane virtuosity.” – ClassicsToday.com

“The consistency of Abramian’s inventiveness keeps one engaged throughout the hour.” – Fanfare

“Mikael Ayrapetyan plays all of it with due reverence for his compatriot’s music…” – MusicWeb International