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ABRAMIAN, EDOUARD (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.

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

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 and producer. He is also the founder and artistic director of the music project Secrets of Armenia, which aims to increase international awareness of Armenian classical music, and actively organises concerts featuring Armenian music in venues around the world, for which he is producer, artistic director and pianist. 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. His recording of Eduard Bagdasarian’s piano and violin music [GP664] earned a five-star rating from International Piano, and his album of Haro Stepanian’s 24 Preludes [GP760] was praised as a “discovery” by both Classica and Piano News.

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