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Music of Armenia - Mirzoyan: Cello Sonata; Sharafyan: On Wings of Hymns / Suren Bagratuni, cello; Deborah Moriaty, piano

Album Summary

>Mirzoyan, Edvard : Sonata for Cello for cello & piano
>Sharafyan, Vache : Between a dream & awakening, for saxophone & cello
>Sharafyan, Vache : On Wings of Hymns, for voices, 2 cellos & piano
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Notes & Reviews:

Acclaimed cellist Suren Bagratuni, winner of the Silver medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, presents a CD of music by two of the most prominent contemporary Armenian composers: Eduard Mirzoyan and Vache Sharafyan. The music, although deeply rooted in ancient Armenian melodies, embraces innovative compositional techniques with the use of quarter-tone intonations, wide vibrato, whispers, and other sound effects. To bring this music to life Mr. Bagratuni collaborates with his esteemed colleagues at Michigan State University, pianist Deborah Moriarty and saxophonist James Forger, as well as his daughter, Marta, whose beautiful voice and cello playing are also featured on this recording.

American Record Guide, May/June 2014
"Music of Armenia" is the title of this program. Eduard Mirzoyan (1921-2012) wrote his Cello Sonata for Rostropovich in 1968. In three movements, it is a beautifully expressive piece where he comes close to quoting the Dies Irae in the slow movement. Vache Sharafyan (b1966) gets the lion's share of the program. He was a student of Mirzoyan. Between a Dream and Awakening is for saxophone and cello, a nine-minute movement of considerable depth and emotion com missioned by these performers and written in 2012. On Wings of Hymns is an extended fourpart suite. The playing (and singing) are good and the music is unusual and listenable. It is recommendable for its emotional depth and unfamiliar repertoire.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Blue Griffin's Studio 'The Ballroom', Lansing, Michigan (02/2013).



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Works Details

>Mirzoyan, Edvard : Sonata for Cello for cello & piano
  • Performers: Suren Bagratuni (Cello); Deborah Moriarty (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Sharafyan, Vache : Between a dream & awakening, for saxophone & cello
  • Performers: Suren Bagratuni (Cello); James Forger (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>Sharafyan, Vache : On Wings of Hymns, for voices, 2 cellos & piano
  • Performers: Suren Bagratuni (Cello); Deborah Moriarty (Piano)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 2005