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KOMITAS (1869–1935)

Piano and Chamber Music

Seven Folk Dances • Seven Songs • Twelve Children’s Pieces Based on Folk-Themes • Msho-Shoror • Seven Pieces for Violin and Piano


  • Mikael Ayrapetyan, piano

Komitas was one of the first Armenian musicians to undergo classical Western musical training, in Berlin, in addition to music education in his own country. He published both folksong collections and writings on Armenian church melodies, and his work laid the foundations for the development of a clearly defined national musical style. The Seven Folk Dances evoke the specific timbres of Armenian instruments, the Seven Songs for Piano are fleeting and lyrical while the Twelve Children’s Pieces based on folk-themes are beautifully crisp. Msho-Shoror is one of the most ancient of all Armenian dances.

Tracklist

 
7 Folk Dances () (00:17:00 )
1
No. 1. Manushaki of Vagharshapat (00:03:14)
2
No. 2. Yerangi of Yerevan (00:03:57)
3
No. 3. Unabi of Shushi. No. 4. Marali of Shushi (00:04:25)
4
No. 5. Shushiki of Vagharshapat (00:03:37)
5
No. 6. Het u Aradj of Karin (00:02:52)
6
No. 7. Shoror of Karin (00:05:08)
 
7 Songs for Piano () (00:07:20 )
7
No. 1. Es Ahchikem (I'm a Girl) * (00:01:00)
8
No. 2. Ervum em (I'm Burning) * (00:00:45)
9
No. 3. Tun ari (Come Home Again) * (00:01:06)
10
No. 4. Gutan'e hats em berum (Bread I Carry for the Ploughman) * (00:01:00)
11
No. 5. Lusnak'e sari takin (The Moon under the Mountain) * (00:01:23)
12
No. 6. Es Gisher, lusnak Gisher (This Night, the Moonlit Night) * (00:01:24)
13
No. 7. Gzhur kuga verin Sarin (Water Flowing from the High Mountain) * (00:00:31)
 
12 Pieces for Children () (00:11:00 )
14
No. 1. Andzev ekav (Rain Has Come) (00:00:37)
15
No. 2. Andzev ekav (Rain Has Come) Variation (00:00:34)
16
No. 3. Phapuri (Pchapuri) (00:00:29)
17
No. 4. Gzhur kuga verin Sarin (Water Flowing from the High Mountain) (00:00:41)
18
No. 5. Yar jan u Marjan (My Darling and Marjan) (00:00:56)
19
No. 6. Yar jan u Marjan (My Darling and Marjan) Variation (00:01:19)
20
No. 7. Es Ahchikem (I'm a Girl) (00:00:39)
21
No. 8. Haralo (Kharalo) (00:01:37)
22
No. 9. Sar, Sar (The Mountain, The Mountain) (00:00:42)
23
No. 10. Sar, Sar (The Mountain, The Mountain) Variation (00:00:43)
24
No. 11. Arev, Arev (The Sun, the Sun) (00:00:41)
25
No. 12. Pies Zhohovrdakan Hokov (Piece in the National Spirit) (00:02:00)
26
Msho-Shoror () (00:07:57)
27
Chinar Es (You Are a Tree) (arr. A. Gabrielian for violin and piano) (1906) * (00:02:31)
28
Al Aylukhs (The Scarlet Shawl) (arr. A. Gabrielian for violin and piano) (1911) * (00:01:53)
29
Dsirani dsaṙ (The Apricot Tree) (arr. A. Gabrielian for violin and piano) (1906) (00:03:44)
30
Akh, Maral djan (Ah, Sweet Maral) (arr. A. Shamschian for violin and piano) (1899) * (00:03:17)
31
Qeler-Tsoler (I Went, I Glowed) (arr. K. Dombaev for violin and piano) (1911) * (00:03:45)
32
Kṙunk (The Crane) (arr. S.Z. Aslamazian for violin and piano) (1911) (00:04:34)
33
Kak'avi erg (The Song of the Partridge) (arr. A. Gabrielian for violin and piano) (1908) * (00:01:46)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:10:47

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)

Komitas was one of the first Armenian musicians to undergo classical Western musical training, in Berlin, in addition to music education in his own country. He was educated in a theological seminary in Vagharshapat, and ordained a priest in 1894. A gifted singer, he studied liturgical singing and early Armenian chant notation. He also developed a keen interest in folksong, and collected melodies which he would then harmonise for choral performance. He published both folksong collections and writings on Armenian church melodies, and his work laid the foundations for the development of a clearly defined national musical style. He moved to Constantinople in 1910, a city with a significant Armenian population, and continued to compose (predominantly vocal music), conduct and research.

Reviews

“These pieces are graciously and sensitively performed, and well recorded.” – Fanfare

“I strongly recommend exploration of this illuminating and beautifully recorded disc.” – MusicWeb International