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ELMAS, STEPHAN (1862–1937)

Complete Piano Works • 2


  • Mikael Ayrapetyan, piano

A child prodigy, Stephan Elmas met Franz Liszt and made his acclaimed Viennese performing debut in 1885. Like Chopin, Elmas combined the character of folk-music dance forms to create sophisticated and deeply personal statements, and his Mazurkas are musical poems and paintings in which depictions of everyday scenes are combined with soulful lyricism. This world premiere recording by Armenian music specialist Mikael Ayrapetyan provides ample evidence of the great contribution Elmas’s Mazurkas make to the piano repertoire and to the musical heritage of Armenia and beyond.


Mazurka No. 1 in F-Sharp Major (ed. M. Ayrapetyan) () (00:01:53)
Mazurka No. 2 in E-Flat Major (ed. M. Ayrapetyan) () (00:03:25)
Mazurka No. 3 in B-Flat Major (ed. M. Ayrapetyan) () (00:02:56)
Mazurka No. 4 in E Major (ed. M. Ayrapetyan) () (00:02:45)
Mazurka No. 5 in C-Sharp Minor (ed. M. Ayrapetyan) () (00:02:12)
Mazurka No. 6 in D Minor (ed. M. Ayrapetyan) () (00:03:18)
Mazurka No. 7 in E Minor (ed. M. Ayrapetyan) () (00:01:57)
Mazurka No. 8 in D Major (ed. M. Ayrapetyan) () (00:03:20)
Mazurka No. 9 in D Minor (ed. M. Ayrapetyan) () (00:02:57)
Mazurka No. 10 in C-Sharp Minor (ed. M. Ayrapetyan) () (00:01:55)
Mazurka No. 11 in B-Flat Minor (ed. M. Ayrapetyan) () (00:02:46)
Mazurka No. 12 in A-Flat Major (ed. M. Ayrapetyan) () (00:01:35)
Mazurka No. 13 in B-Flat Minor (ed. M. Ayrapetyan) () (00:01:47)
Mazurka No. 14 in A Minor (ed. M. Ayrapetyan) () (00:02:06)
Mazurka No. 15 in G Minor (ed. M. Ayrapetyan) () (00:01:37)
Mazurka No. 16 in C Minor (ed. M. Ayrapetyan) () (00:01:57)
Mazurka No. 17 in D-Flat Major (ed. M. Ayrapetyan) () (00:04:17)
Mazurka No. 18 in D Minor (ed. M. Ayrapetyan) () (00:03:15)
Mazurka No. 19 in B Minor (ed. M. Ayrapetyan) () (00:03:15)
Mazurka No. 20 in E Minor (ed. M. Ayrapetyan) () (00:03:43)
Mazurka No. 21 in F Major (ed. M. Ayrapetyan) () (00:03:24)
Mazurka No. 22 in B-Flat Major (ed. M. Ayrapetyan) () (00:03:24)
Mazurka No. 23 in A Major (ed. M. Ayrapetyan) () (00:02:09)
Mazurka No. 24 in B-Flat Major (ed. M. Ayrapetyan) () (00:03:45)
Mazurka No. 25 in A Major (ed. M. Ayrapetyan) () (00:03:16)
Mazurka No. 26 in F Major (ed. M. Ayrapetyan) () (00:02:48)
Mazurka No. 27 in B Major (ed. M. Ayrapetyan) () (00:02:36)
World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:14:18

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)

Stephan Elmas Armenian pianist and composer Stephan Elmas was a child prodigy who met Franz Liszt and became closely acquainted with Rubinstein and Massenet. Elmas’ life was darkened by illness and the tragedy of his homeland, but his music reflects the ease and facility of his technique, harking back to the Romanticism of Chopin, Liszt and Schumann, rather than the challenging times in which he lived, and with a quality of craftsmanship that gives his music a magnetic attractiveness. Mikael Ayrapetyan continues his acclaimed exploration of rediscovered Armenian piano repertoire with the first in this series of Elmas’ complete works for piano.