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ELMAS, STEPHAN (1862–1937)

Complete Piano Works • 1


  • Mikael Ayrapetyan, piano

Armenian pianist and composer Stephan Elmas was a child prodigy who met Franz Liszt and became closely acquainted with Rubinstein and Massenet. Elmas’s 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’s complete works for piano.

Tracklist

1
Ballade No. 1 in E-Flat Major (1881) (00:08:22)
2
Ballade No. 2 in B Major (1883) (00:08:35)
3
Ballade in G Major (1879) (00:03:36)
4
Romance for Piano in E-Flat Major (1886) (00:03:11)
5
Barcarolle No. 1 in E-Flat Minor (1884) (00:05:24)
6
Barcarolle No. 2 in C Minor (1885) (00:07:00)
7
Nocturne No. 1 in B Major (1882) (00:04:55)
8
Nocturne No. 2 in E Major (1882) (00:04:39)
9
Nocturne No. 3 in G-Sharp Minor (1882) (00:04:17)
10
Nocturne No. 4 in D Major (1887) (00:03:37)
11
Nocturne No. 5 in G-Flat Major (1887) (00:04:41)
12
Nocturne No. 6 in A-Flat Major (1900) (00:05:24)
13
Nocturne No. 7 in F-Sharp Minor (1900) (00:04:49)
Total Time: 01:08:30

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.