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SPENDIAROV, ALEXANDER (1871–1928)

Complete Piano Works • Chamber works with Piano


  • Mikael Ayrapetyan, piano
  • Yulia Ayrapetyan, piano

Alexander Spendiarov (1871–1928) was a student of Rimsky-Korsakov and a close friend of Glazunov who wrote that he was a ‘musician with an impeccable, widely versatile technique’. Spendiarov’s music combines Russian and Armenian elements and is saturated in folkloric influence—and he vitally enriched the expressive range of Armenian music as a composer, pedagogue and champion of his contemporaries. His piano works, both for solo instrument and for chamber forces, show the range of his gifts, not least his romances and lullabies, and range across his entire compositional life. Spendiarov’s songs, heard here in piano transcriptions by Villy Sargsyan, perfectly preserve the unique timbres and textures of these works.

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

Tracklist

Disc 1
 
Yerivanskiye ėtyudï (Yerevan Études), Op. 30 (version for piano) (1925) (00:11:00 )
1
No. 1. Heydari (00:07:26)
2
No. 2. Gidzhas (00:03:40)
 
Esquisses de la Crimée (Crimean Sketches), Series 1, Op. 9 (version for piano) (1903) (00:10:00 )
3
No. 1. Air de danse (00:02:10)
4
No. 2. Chanson élégiaque (00:02:10)
5
No. 3. Chanson à boire (00:01:45)
6
No. 4. Air de danse, "Kaïtarma" (00:04:18)
7
Waltz for Piano in B-Flat Major (1892) (00:03:38)
8
Waltz for Piano in E-Flat Major (1893) (00:05:16)
9
Scherzo for Piano in D Major (1894) (00:02:48)
10
Menuette for Piano in B-Flat Major, Op. 3, No. 1 (1895) (00:05:08)
11
Barcarolle for Piano in G Minor (1892) (00:02:46)
12
Introduction and Khaytarma (1895) (00:03:37)
13
Lullaby for Piano, Op. 3, No. 2 () (00:03:14)
14
Menuette for Piano in D Minor (1897) (00:03:40)
15
Brave Warriors, Op. 26 (1915) (00:06:23)
 
Folk Song, Dance and Khaytarma (1917) (00:05:00 )
16
Folk Song (00:02:58)
17
Dance and Khaytarma (00:02:01)
Disc 2
1
Waltz for Violin and Piano in E Minor () (00:03:12)
2
Folk Song for Violin and Piano () (00:02:22)
3
Romance for Violin and Piano (1892) (00:03:17)
4
Lullaby for Violin and Piano (1893) (00:03:11)
5
Melody for Violin and Piano (1894) (00:03:21)
6
Canzonetta for Violin and Piano in D Major (1896) (00:02:07)
7
Khaytarma, Op. 9, No. 4 (1903) (00:04:16)
8
Romance for Cello and Piano in F Major (1893) (00:03:29)
9
Romance for Cello and Piano in G Minor (1893) (00:03:30)
10
Barcarolle for Cello and Piano in G Major (1894) (00:02:06)
11
Barcarolle for Cello and Piano in G Minor (1896) (00:02:34)
12
To the Rose, Op. 1, No. 3 (arr. V. Sargsyan for piano) (1894) (00:02:33)
13
Eastern Lullaby, Op. 5, No. 2 (arr. V. Sargsyan for piano) () (00:02:51)
14
Mi lar blbul, Op. 22, No. 2 (arr. V. Sargsyan for piano) (1910) (00:03:19)
15
Song of Crimean Tatars, Op. 25: No. 1. Lullaby (arr. V. Sargsyan for piano) (1915) (00:05:02)
16
Sayat Nova Songs: Garib Blbul (arr. V. Sargsyan for piano) (1925) (00:02:52)
17
To the Beloved (arr. V. Sargsyan for piano) (1916) (00:03:48)
18
Esquisses de la Crimée (Crimean Sketches), Series 2, Op. 23: V. La souris (arr. V. Sargsyan for piano) (1905) (00:02:48)
 
Almast (excerpts) (arr. V. Sargsyan for piano) (1928) (00:11:00 )
19
Dance of Maidens (00:02:22)
20
Dance of Men (00:03:48)
21
Persian March (00:04:53)
Total Time: 02:10:39

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.
Yulia Ayrapetyan Yulia Ayrapetyan is a US-based pianist, producer and pedagogue. She has attracted international recognition for her exceptional artistry, displaying striking assurance, imagination, artistic approach, and remarkable consistency in the musical integrity and creative insight of her performances. Born in 1988 in Bryansk, Russia, she studied in Moscow, and continues to uphold the performing traditions of the Russian piano school. Her repertoire ranges from the Baroque to the contemporary and includes rarely performed works by Armenian composers. She performed the US, Chinese, Europe, Russian and Armenian premieres of forgotten Armenian piano music, which she rediscovered. She actively supports and participates in recordings and concerts for her husband Mikael Ayrapetyan’s project, Secrets of Armenia.

The Composer(s)

Alexander Spendiarian Russian and Armenian musical elements are successfully combined in the music of Alexander Spendiarov. An apprentice of Rimsky-Korsakov and a close friend of Glazunov, Spendiarov was a master orchestrator and an inventive instrumentalist whose music is saturated with the folk music of the region and boundless lyricism. His works undoubtedly reflect the creative assimilations and traditions of the Russian classical music school, and above all, that of Rimsky-Korsakov. He expanded the ideological and thematic range of Armenian music, and enriched its means of expression by raising the level of musical professionalism in Armenia.

Reviews

“Grand Piano continue their strong Armenian line with no sign of fatigue. While they have pianists of the calibre of Mikael Ayrapetyan at their bidding may they long persevere with music from this neglected treasury. ” – MusicWeb International