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Armenian Composers: Art Songs and Piano Music by Melikian, Mansurian and Avanesov / Mariam Sarkissian, mz; Artur Avanesov, piano

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Album Summary

>Melikian, Ramanos : Emerald Songs (Zmrukhti), for voice & piano
>Mansurian, Tigran : Lullaby for a Prince, for piano
>Mansurian, Tigran : Hayrens (4), for voice & piano
>Mansurian, Tigran : Romances (3) on poems by Federico García Lorca, for voice & piano
>Avanesov, Artur : Feux follets, for piano
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Notes & Reviews:

Although Aram Khachaturian may be one of Armenia's most famous composers, and certainly the best known of the 20th century, the vast wealth of compositional talent from that country by no means stops with him. This unusual and engrossing release showcases a selection of highly diverse songs by three of his compatriots. Beginning with Romanos Melikian's Emerald Songs, with their Ravel-like harmonies and colourful modality, it also features the transgressive composer Tigran Mansurian, whose alternative style took inspiration from pop music of the 1960s as well as classical postmodern genres. Moving right through to the present day, the release concludes with works by Artur Avanesov, a young Armenian born in Russia. Keen to avoid stylistic unity, the Feux follets, a work still in progress, comprise a selection of songs with no thread to pull them together, the emphasis - according to the composer - being placed on a collective 'creative past'. The multi-talented Avanesov is the pianist as well as one of the featured composers on this release. Together with mezzo soprano Mariam Sarkissian, a highly acclaimed Russian singer based in France, the duo have carefully selected an enchanting and compelling assortment of songs, giving the listener a fascinating insight into Armenia's rich cultural tapestry. Other information: Recorded in Armenia in 2014. Contains liner notes written by the artists especially for this release. Contains biographies of the artists. Sung texts available at: www.brilliantclassics.com.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall, Yerevan, Armenia (11/2014).



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Works Details

>Melikian, Ramanos : Emerald Songs (Zmrukhti), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Artur Avanesov (Piano); Mariam Sarkissian
  • Running Time: 16 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Mansurian, Tigran : Lullaby for a Prince, for piano
  • Performer: Artur Avanesov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>Mansurian, Tigran : Hayrens (4), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Artur Avanesov (Piano); Mariam Sarkissian
  • Running Time: 11 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1967

>Mansurian, Tigran : Romances (3) on poems by Federico García Lorca, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Artur Avanesov (Piano); Mariam Sarkissian
  • Running Time: 7 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1966

>Avanesov, Artur : Feux follets, for piano
  • Performer: Artur Avanesov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary