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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.


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 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)

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.