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CHUKHAJIAN, TIGRAN (1837–1898)

Piano Works


  • Mikael Ayrapetyan, piano

Tigran Chukhajian is highly significant in the history of Armenian music: he was the first composer to combine Western and Eastern cultures, and was referred to as the ‘Armenian Verdi’ amongst his contemporaries. Persecution under the repressive Ottoman Turkish regime led to his music being suppressed, but these piano works are a sophisticated testament to Chukhajian’s Romantic inclinations, absorbing the influences of Chopin and Liszt, and enriching them with Oriental nuances and descriptive themes.

Tracklist

1
Impromptu in B-Flat Minor, "Cascade de Couz" (1887) (00:04:17)
2
Dance Caractéristique in A Minor, "L'Orientale" (1891) (00:05:52)
3
Grande Valse Fantastique in A Minor, "Illusions" (1888) (00:06:56)
4
Tarantelle in B-Flat Minor (1887) (00:03:27)
5
Caprice in E Minor, "La Lyre Orientale" (1894) (00:11:19)
6
Mazurka de Salon, "Mignon" (1887) (00:04:11)
7
Une Gavotte de plus in E-Flat Major (1883) (00:03:54)
8
Polka in F Major, "La gaité" (1892) (00:02:38)
9
Proti Polka in G Major (1892) (00:02:27)
10
Funeral March in D Minor (1884) (00:06:49)
11
Fantaisie Orientale No. 1 in A Minor, "Sur des motifs turcs" (1859) (00:07:27)
12
Fantaisie Orientale No. 2 in A Minor, "Sur des motifs turcs" (1895) (00:11:55)
Total Time: 01:11:12

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)

Tigran Chukhajian Tigran Chukhajian (also known as Dikran Tchouhadjian or Çuhacıyan) held an important place in the history of Armenian music. He was the first Armenian musician to receive a professional European education; he was the first composer to find ways to bring together the musical cultures of the West and East; and was also the first to bring Eastern idioms to the genres of opera, symphony and chamber music.