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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(s)

Mikael Ayrapetyan Mikael Ayrapetyan is a pianist, composer, producer and teacher, as well as a researcher and public figure. He has done much to popularise Armenian classical music all over the world with his Secrets of Armenia musical project, which began during his studies at the Moscow State Conservatory in the class of Professor Mikhail Sergeyevich Voskresensky. The performing traditions of Konstantin Igumnov, Samuil Feinberg and Lev Oborin are reflected in Ayrapetyan’s performances of the extensive Armenian piano heritage.

The Composer(s)

Among those who worked principally in Armenia, without seeking to establish any worldwide reputation, the composer, pianist and teacher Eduard Aslanovich Abramian was one of the most significant and respected: a key figure in the modern development of Armenian music.

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