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EKMALIAN, MAKAR (1856–1905)

Piano Works


  • Mikael Ayrapetyan, piano

Makar Grigori Ekmalian, a student of Rimsky-Korsakov, played a significant role in the development of Armenian music in the 19th and 20th centuries, expanding its genre boundaries and contributing to the formation of a new national musical language. The folk-song arrangements represent Ekmalian’s skill in blending Armenian lyrical expressiveness with European stylistic colours. His magnum opus, the Patarag (Divine Liturgy) was canonised in 1895, and is still in use by the Armenian Church today. This album of world première recordings by the acclaimed Armenian pianist Mikael Ayrapetyan are performed from the composer’s unpublished manuscripts.

This recording was made on Steinway & Sons, Model Model D. 274.

Tracklist

1
Nocturne () * (00:03:51)
2
Song Without Words (1888) * (00:02:12)
 
10 Armenian Folk Songs (1889) (00:22:00 )
3
No. 1. Heriq Ordeakq (That's enough, son) * (00:02:11)
4
No. 2. Chem krna khaha (I can't play) * (00:01:39)
5
No. 3. Pzti tha (Little boy) * (00:03:38)
6
No. 4. Baher, duq kanancheceq (Gardens, become green) * (00:03:00)
7
No. 5. Berdice dur ela, Alagyaz tesa (Coming out of the fortress, I saw Alagyaz) * (00:01:40)
8
No. 6. Hov areq, Sarer jan (Сool down, the lovely mountains) * (00:02:53)
9
No. 7. Chakharyaq (Spinning wheel) - No. 8. Zhohovrdakan (Social song) * (00:02:33)
10
No. 9. Araz e heshtacel a (Araz has become light - water) * (00:02:10)
11
No. 10. Tsamtel (Thin hair) * (00:02:11)
 
3 Armenian Folk Esquisses (1891) (00:08:00 )
12
No. 1. — * (00:02:12)
13
No. 2. — * (00:03:42)
14
No. 3. — * (00:01:34)
 
Patarag (Divine Liturgy) (arr. M. Ayrapetyan for piano) (1892) (00:40:00 )
15
No. 1. Horurd horin anhasanrskihbn (O, Deep and Incomprehensible Mystery) * (00:04:14)
16
No. 19. Surb, Surb (Saint, Saint) * (00:04:27)
17
No. 23a. Amen, Hayr erknavor (Amen, Father in Heaven) * (00:02:53)
18
No. 23b. Hoki Astuco (The Spirit of God) * (00:03:38)
19
No. 9. Marmin Terunakan (Corpus Christi) * (00:02:10)
20
No. 27. Hayr mer (Our Father) * (00:03:58)
21
No. 28. Ev end hogvo qu (Together with Your Spirit) * (00:01:07)
22
Nos. 29-30a. Miayn surb (Only Holiness) * (00:03:28)
23
No. 31a. Ter vohormya (Good Heavens) * (00:02:41)
24
No. 30c. Amen Hayr Surb (Amen, Saint Father) * (00:04:42)
25
No. 31c. Ter vohormya (Good Heavens) * (00:02:05)
26
No. 32. Orhnyal e Astuac (Blessed be God) * (00:04:10)
World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:14:59

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)

Makar Grigori Ekmalian was an Armenian composer, conductor, teacher, folklorist, and a student of Rimsky-Korsakov. He played a significant role in the development of Armenian musical art of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Reviews

Pizzicato

“The interpretations have a moving character and create a very special atmosphere of well-being in the listener.” – Pizzicato