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HASULAM, BAAL (1886–1954)

Melodies of the Upper Worlds

  • Mikael Ayrapetyan, piano

While living in London in the years 1926–28 Yehuda Leib HaLevi Ashlag, known as Baal HaSulam, a prominent Kabbalist, composed his cycle Melodies of the Upper Worlds which are heard in this recording in piano arrangements by Mikael Ayrapetyan. Many of the melodies are composed to text fragments from Kabbalistic sources and enshrine an aspiration to sense the spiritual world in a direct appeal to the heart.

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


Krivu li (Draw Close to Me) (arr. M. Ayrapetyan for piano) (1926) (00:05:10)
Ki Chilattzta Nafshi (You Saved My Soul) (arr. M. Ayrapetyan for piano) (1926) (00:03:34)
Hamol Al Masecha (Have Pity on Your Deeds) (arr. M. Ayrapetyan for piano) (1926) (00:04:21)
Nigun (Melody) (arr. M. Ayrapetyan for piano) (1926) (00:04:07)
Bnei Heichala (The Sons of King's Palace) (arr. M. Ayrapetyan for piano) (1926) (00:08:00 )
Part I (00:04:47)
Part II (00:03:38)
Chasal Seder Pesach (Passover Meal) (arr. M. Ayrapetyan for piano) (1926) (00:02:00)
Kel Mistater (The Creator Hides in Secrecy) (arr. M. Ayrapetyan for piano) (1926) (00:03:45)
March (arr. M. Ayrapetyan for piano) (1926) (00:03:17)
Ia'ale Tachanuneinu (Accept Our Prayers) (arr. M. Ayrapetyan for piano) (1926) (00:04:25)
Hiney ke Homer (Like Matter in His Hands) (arr. M. Ayrapetyan for piano) (1926) (00:03:49)
Misod Chachamim (The Assembly of Sages) (arr. M. Ayrapetyan for piano) (1926) (00:04:39)
Mizmor Le David (David's Song) (arr. M. Ayrapetyan for piano) (1926) (00:03:32)
Leagid Baboker (To Proclaim in the Morning about Your Mercy) (arr. M. Ayrapetyan for piano) (1926) (00:02:55)
Kadish (Consecration) (arr. M. Ayrapetyan for piano) (1926) (00:03:47)
Tzadik (Saint) (arr. M. Ayrapetyan for piano) (1926) (00:03:17)
Iadid Nefesh (Beloved of the Soul) (arr. M. Ayrapetyan for piano) (1926) (00:07:12)
World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:08:15

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)

Baal HaSulam The Rabbi Yehuda Leib HaLevi Ashlag (1885–1954) became known as Baal HaSulam (‘Owner of the Ladder’) for his Sulam (‘ladder’) commentary on the Kabbalist Book of Zohar. He dedicated his life to the interpretation and dissemination of ideas found in the Kabbalah, the Jewish teachings intended to explain the relationship between God the infinite, and the mortal and finite universe: in other words, the roots and purpose of existence.