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Piano and Violin Music

24 Preludes • Rhapsody in B Minor • Nocturne in A Major

  • Mikael Ayrapetyan, piano

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.

This recording was made on a modern instrument: Steinway Model D 274


24 Preludes (1958) (00:52:34 )
No. 1 in C Major * (00:01:29)
No. 2 in A Minor * (00:00:35)
No. 3 in G Major * (00:00:38)
No. 4 in E Minor * (00:01:18)
No. 5 in D Major * (00:01:16)
No. 6 in B Minor * (00:03:18)
No. 7 in A Major * (00:02:13)
No. 8 in F-Sharp Minor * (00:00:45)
No. 9 in E Major * (00:01:11)
No. 10 in C-Sharp Minor * (00:02:48)
No. 11 in B Major * (00:01:53)
No. 12 in G-Sharp Minor * (00:02:29)
No. 13 in F-Sharp Major * (00:01:17)
No. 14 in E-Flat Minor * (00:03:01)
No. 15 in D-Flat Major * (00:01:12)
No. 16 in B-Flat Minor * (00:01:01)
No. 17 in A-Flat Major * (00:00:46)
No. 18 in F Minor * (00:01:09)
No. 19 in E-Flat Major * (00:01:23)
No. 20 in C Minor * (00:03:35)
No. 21 in B-Flat Major * (00:01:35)
No. 22 in G Minor * (00:00:42)
No. 23 in F Major * (00:00:34)
No. 24 in D Minor * (00:03:36)
Rhapsody (version for violin and piano) (1958) (00:12:45)
Nocturne in A Major (1957) (00:04:47)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 00:57:16

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 Conservatory. Born in 1984 in Yerevan, Armenia, he studied at the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory, and continues to uphold the performing traditions of the Russian piano school, of which Konstantin Igumnov, Samuel Feinberg and Lev Oborin are luminaries. His repertoire ranges from the Baroque to the contemporary and includes rarely performed works by Armenian composers. This period was the start of his extensive concert activity in which he performs works by Tigranian, Chukhadjian, Komitas, Melikian, Spendiarian, Barkhudarian, Stepanian, Khachaturian, Babajanian, Arutyunian, Abrahamian, Bagdasarian, Avetisian, Mirzoyan, Amirkhanian and many other Armenian composers, which eventually led him to produce his own concerts. He was awarded the State Prize of the Republic of Armenia for his outstanding contribution to the development and popularisation of Armenian classical music.

The Composer(s)

Eduard Ivanovich Bagdasarian was one of the most significant and respected key figure in the modern development of Armenian music. While he steadily built up a reputation as a composer of concert music, from the mid-1950s he became increasingly involved in film music and incidental music for the stage, and later for television as well, allowing himself to be drawn into more popular contemporary genres without compromising the standards of his musical upbringing. In the 1960s he was head of instrumental and pop music for Armenian radio, and many of his songs became widely popular. His national prominence gave him a real standing as an ambassador for Armenian music, which he fulfilled many times as a delegate to the other Soviet republics, and abroad as far as Poland and Lebanon. He was also a frequent juror in many USSR competitions for both piano-playing and composition.


International Piano

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

“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