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Armenian Spirit / Hespèrion XXI, Jordi Savall

Album Summary

>Tchukhadjian, T. : Menk kadj tohmi (Chant de lutte)
>Anonymous, Armenian : Krunk (Aknay), song
>Say, Sayat Nova (Haroutian : Kani voor janim (As Long as I'm Alive)
>Traditional, Armenian : Chant et Danse
>Tchukhadjian, T. : O'h intsh anush (Chant e'exil)
>Anonymous : Matshkal (Chant rustique)
>Say, Sayat Nova (Haroutian : Dun en glkhen (Supplique au roi avant l'exil)
>Traditional, Armenian : Garun a (Chant rustique)
>Traditional, Armenian : Chants de mariage
>Traditional, Armenian : Al aylukhs (Ronde rustique
>Ashot, Gousan : En Sarer 2, plainte for 2 duduks
>Anonymous : Azat astvatsn & Ter kedzo (Ode a la liberte et supplique pour les armeniens)
>Ayrivanetsi, Mkhitar : Ode (Sirt im sasani), for chorus
>Yeranian, G. : Hayastan yerkir (Ode a la patrie)
>Traditional, Armenian : Hey djan (Chant d'amour)
>Vardapet, Komitas : Send a Breeze, dear Mountains
>Traditional, Armenian : Lamento
>Traditional, Armenian : Alagyeaz & Khnki tsar (Chants rustiques)
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This album is a tribute to Armenia and to the Armenian musicians who have played alongside Jordi Savall and his wife Montserrat Figueras over the past several years. The repertoire, culled from Hespèrion XXI's fascinating live programs, ranges from lively to contemplative. All of the unique and powerful music on Armenian Spirit is beautifully played using traditional instruments including the duduk, an ancient double-reed instrument with a deeply moving sound quality. Jordi Savall illuminates this music with a faultless musical flair, driven by his endless curiosity and supreme musicianship. The disc is accompanied by a lavishly documented and richly illustrated booklet.

Sunday Times, September 2012
This is a beguiling, mesmeric sequence of instrumental music from Armenia, in which Hesperion XXI are joined by a group of that country's finest musicians...[The duduk's] beautiful, musky sound seductively reflects the predominantly nostalgic, lamenting, soulful mood of the pieces heard here.

The Times, August 2012
Haunting and tragic, this CD is a double-lament - for Jordi Savall's late wife, the singer Montserrat Figueras, who loved Armenian music, and for Armenia, with its long history of foreign subjugation and massacre...It is hypnotic and exquisitely melancholic.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Collégiale de Cardona, Catalogne (2012-03-29_2012-03-30&2010-).



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Works Details

>Tchukhadjian, T. : Menk kadj tohmi (Chant de lutte)
  • Performers: Haig Sarikouyoumdjian (Duduk); David Mayoral (Tambour); Gaguik Mouradian
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
  • Notes: Collégiale de Cardona, Catalogne (2012-03-29_2012-03-30&2010-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Anonymous, Armenian : Krunk (Aknay), song
  • Performers: Haig Sarikouyoumdjian (Duduk); Georgi Minassyan (Duduk)
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Notes: Collégiale de Cardona, Catalogne (2012-03-29_2012-03-30&2010-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Say, Sayat Nova (Haroutian : Kani voor janim (As Long as I'm Alive)
  • Performers: Haig Sarikouyoumdjian (Duduk); Jordi Savall (Rebec)
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Notes: Collégiale de Cardona, Catalogne (2012-03-29_2012-03-30&2010-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Vocal

>Traditional, Armenian : Chant et Danse
  • Performers: Haig Sarikouyoumdjian (Duduk); Georgi Minassyan (Duduk); Pedro Estevan (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Notes: Collégiale de Cardona, Catalogne (2012-03-29_2012-03-30&2010-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Form: Choral

>Tchukhadjian, T. : O'h intsh anush (Chant e'exil)
  • Performers: Haig Sarikouyoumdjian (Duduk); David Mayoral (Tambour)
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Notes: Collégiale de Cardona, Catalogne (2012-03-29_2012-03-30&2010-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Anonymous : Matshkal (Chant rustique)
  • Performers: Haig Sarikouyoumdjian (Duduk); Georgi Minassyan (Duduk)
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Notes: Collégiale de Cardona, Catalogne (2012-03-29_2012-03-30&2010-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.

>Say, Sayat Nova (Haroutian : Dun en glkhen (Supplique au roi avant l'exil)
  • Performer: Gaguik Mouradian
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Notes: Collégiale de Cardona, Catalogne (2012-03-29_2012-03-30&2010-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Traditional, Armenian : Garun a (Chant rustique)
  • Performers: Haig Sarikouyoumdjian (Duduk); David Mayoral (Tambour)
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Notes: Collégiale de Cardona, Catalogne (2012-03-29_2012-03-30&2010-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.

>Traditional, Armenian : Chants de mariage
  • Performers: Gaguik Mouradian; Haig Sarikouyoumdjian (Duduk); Georgi Minassyan (Duduk)
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Notes: Collégiale de Cardona, Catalogne (2012-03-29_2012-03-30&2010-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Form: Choral

>Traditional, Armenian : Al aylukhs (Ronde rustique :: dialogue amoureux)
  • Performers: Gaguik Mouradian; Haig Sarikouyoumdjian (Duduk); David Mayoral (Zarb); David Mayoral (Tombak)
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Notes: Collégiale de Cardona, Catalogne (2012-03-29_2012-03-30&2010-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 46 sec.

>Ashot, Gousan : En Sarer 2, plainte for 2 duduks
  • Performers: Haig Sarikouyoumdjian (Duduk); Georgi Minassyan (Duduk)
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Notes: Collégiale de Cardona, Catalogne (2012-03-29_2012-03-30&2010-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Anonymous : Azat astvatsn & Ter kedzo (Ode à la liberté et supplique pour les arméniens)
  • Performer: Marc Clos (Tambour)
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Notes: Collégiale de Cardona, Catalogne (2012-03-29_2012-03-30&2010-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 27 sec.

>Ayrivanetsi, Mkhitar : Ode (Sirt im sasani), for chorus
  • Performers: Haig Sarikouyoumdjian (Duduk); Georgi Minassyan (Duduk)
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Notes: Collégiale de Cardona, Catalogne (2012-03-29_2012-03-30&2010-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.

>Yeranian, G. : Hayastan yerkir (Ode à la patrie)
  • Performers: Haig Sarikouyoumdjian (Duduk); Dani Espasa (Organ); Jordi Savall (Vielle)
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Notes: Collégiale de Cardona, Catalogne (2012-03-29_2012-03-30&2010-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Traditional, Armenian : Hey djan (Chant d'amour)
  • Performers: Haig Sarikouyoumdjian (Duduk); Georgi Minassyan (Duduk)
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Notes: Collégiale de Cardona, Catalogne (2012-03-29_2012-03-30&2010-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.

>Vardapet, Komitas : Send a Breeze, dear Mountains
  • Performer: Haig Sarikouyoumdjian (Duduk)
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Notes: Collégiale de Cardona, Catalogne (2012-03-29_2012-03-30&2010-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Traditional, Armenian : Lamento :: Sev Mut Amper
  • Performers: Haig Sarikouyoumdjian (Duduk); Georgi Minassyan (Duduk)
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Notes: Collégiale de Cardona, Catalogne (2012-03-29_2012-03-30&2010-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.

>Traditional, Armenian : Alagyeaz & Khnki tsar (Chants rustiques)
  • Performers: Marc Clos (Tambour); Haig Sarikouyoumdjian (Duduk); Dani Espasa (Organ)
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Notes: Collégiale de Cardona, Catalogne (2012-03-29_2012-03-30&2010-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Form: Choral