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Isabel Bayrakdarian Sings Armenian hymns and chants in praise of Mary, "Mother of Light" / Isabel Bayrakdarian, soprano; Ani Aznavoorian, cello; Anna Hamre, Coro Vox Aeterna

Album Summary

>Sound, Recorded : Pourvarov Tapor (Censer Procession)
>Tbir, Baghdasar : Zartir Nazeli (Arise, Graceful One), dagh (ode)
>Traditional, Armenian : Khngi Dzarin (Frankincense Tree), dagh (ode)
>Bartevian, Ara : Mayr Yev Gouys (Immaculate Mother), hymn
>Limondjian, Hampartsoum : Hamemad Kez (Incomparable One), dagh (ode)
>Traditional, Armenian : Varaneem (Burdened with Sins), dagh (ode)
>Traditional, Armenian : Avedis Kez Mariyam (Good Tidings to You, Mary), dagh (ode)
>Narekatsi, Grigor : Aghers ar Diramayr (Plea to Mother of God), yerk (chant)
>Narekatsi, Grigor : Diramayrn (Mother of the Lord), dagh (ode)
>Traditional, Armenian : Badjar yev Sgizpn (Cause and Origin), megheti (canticle)
>Khorenatsi, Movses : Zandjareli Looso Mayr (Mother of Light), hymn in mode 5
>Khorenatsi, Movses : Sharaganner (Sharagans from Holy Week), hymn medley
>Vardapet, Komitas : Asdvadzadzin Yergnayin (Divine Mother of God), sharagan (hymn) in mode 5
>Traditional, Armenian : Zgousoutyount Ko (O Pure God Bearer), sharagan (hymn) in Mode 3
>Shnorhali, Nerses : Aysor Joghovyal (The Saints Are Gathered), sharagan (hymn) in mode 5
>Areveltsi, Vartan : Antaram Dzaghig (Eternal Flower), sharagan (hymn) in mode 3
>Traditional, Armenian : Panin Hor (Word of the Father), megheti (hymn)
>Anonymous, Armenian : Oor ess mayr eem (Where are you, O Mother)
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian is internationally recognized for her shimmering voice and her accomplishments on the stage and the screen. For her newest project, she has chosen to create a hypnotic album of Armenian sacred music, beautifully displaying a spiritual aspect of her musical persona. This project was conceived by Bayrakdarian as a gift to God for sparing the life of her mother. The whole album is a family affair- her husband arranged the works, her brother plays ceremonial percussion, and her two sisters join her to form a vocal trio on several of the tracks. “The evening really belonged to Bayrakdarian, the satin beauty, whose voice carried all before it. No, that doesn’t say it all: Her voice is one of the most engaging and congenial in the world today.” (Ottawa Citizen)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: First Congregational Church, Fresno, California (08/03/2015-08/07/2015).



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Works Details

>Sound, Recorded : Pourvarov Tapor (Censer Procession)
  • Performers: Ani Aznavoorian (Cello); Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano); Ishkhan Bayrakdarian (Percussion); Siroun Kojakian; Marie-Jean Zaatar
  • Conductor: Anna Hamre
  • Ensemble: Coro Vox Aeterna
  • Notes: First Congregational Church, Fresno, California (08/03/2015-08/07/2015)
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Tbir, Baghdasar : Zartir Nazeli (Arise, Graceful One), dagh (ode)
  • Performers: Ani Aznavoorian (Cello); Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano); Ishkhan Bayrakdarian (Percussion); Siroun Kojakian; Marie-Jean Zaatar
  • Conductor: Anna Hamre
  • Notes: First Congregational Church, Fresno, California (08/03/2015-08/07/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Traditional, Armenian : Khngi Dzarin (Frankincense Tree), dagh (ode)
  • Performers: Ani Aznavoorian (Cello); Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano); Ishkhan Bayrakdarian (Percussion); Siroun Kojakian; Marie-Jean Zaatar
  • Conductor: Anna Hamre
  • Notes: First Congregational Church, Fresno, California (08/03/2015-08/07/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Bartevian, Ara : Mayr Yev Gouys (Immaculate Mother), hymn
  • Performers: Ani Aznavoorian (Cello); Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano); Ishkhan Bayrakdarian (Percussion); Siroun Kojakian; Marie-Jean Zaatar
  • Conductor: Anna Hamre
  • Notes: First Congregational Church, Fresno, California (08/03/2015-08/07/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Limondjian, Hampartsoum : Hamemad Kez (Incomparable One), dagh (ode)
  • Performers: Ani Aznavoorian (Cello); Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano); Ishkhan Bayrakdarian (Percussion); Siroun Kojakian; Marie-Jean Zaatar
  • Conductor: Anna Hamre
  • Notes: First Congregational Church, Fresno, California (08/03/2015-08/07/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Traditional, Armenian : Varaneem (Burdened with Sins), dagh (ode)
  • Performers: Ani Aznavoorian (Cello); Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano); Ishkhan Bayrakdarian (Percussion); Siroun Kojakian; Marie-Jean Zaatar
  • Conductor: Anna Hamre
  • Notes: First Congregational Church, Fresno, California (08/03/2015-08/07/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Traditional, Armenian : Avedis Kez Mariyam (Good Tidings to You, Mary), dagh (ode)
  • Performers: Ani Aznavoorian (Cello); Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano); Ishkhan Bayrakdarian (Percussion); Siroun Kojakian; Marie-Jean Zaatar
  • Conductor: Anna Hamre
  • Notes: First Congregational Church, Fresno, California (08/03/2015-08/07/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Narekatsi, Grigor : Aghers ar Diramayr (Plea to Mother of God), yerk (chant)
  • Performers: Ani Aznavoorian (Cello); Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano); Ishkhan Bayrakdarian (Percussion); Siroun Kojakian; Marie-Jean Zaatar
  • Conductor: Anna Hamre
  • Notes: First Congregational Church, Fresno, California (08/03/2015-08/07/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Narekatsi, Grigor : Diramayrn (Mother of the Lord), dagh (ode)
  • Performers: Ani Aznavoorian (Cello); Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano); Ishkhan Bayrakdarian (Percussion); Siroun Kojakian; Marie-Jean Zaatar
  • Conductor: Anna Hamre
  • Notes: First Congregational Church, Fresno, California (08/03/2015-08/07/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Traditional, Armenian : Badjar yev Sgizpn (Cause and Origin), megheti (canticle)
  • Performers: Ani Aznavoorian (Cello); Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano); Ishkhan Bayrakdarian (Percussion); Siroun Kojakian; Marie-Jean Zaatar
  • Conductor: Anna Hamre
  • Notes: First Congregational Church, Fresno, California (08/03/2015-08/07/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Khorenatsi, Movses : Zandjareli Looso Mayr (Mother of Light), hymn in mode 5
  • Performers: Ani Aznavoorian (Cello); Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano); Ishkhan Bayrakdarian (Percussion); Siroun Kojakian; Marie-Jean Zaatar
  • Conductor: Anna Hamre
  • Notes: First Congregational Church, Fresno, California (08/03/2015-08/07/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Khorenatsi, Movses : Sharaganner (Sharagans from Holy Week), hymn medley
  • Performers: Ani Aznavoorian (Cello); Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano); Ishkhan Bayrakdarian (Percussion); Siroun Kojakian; Marie-Jean Zaatar
  • Conductor: Anna Hamre
  • Notes: First Congregational Church, Fresno, California (08/03/2015-08/07/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Vardapet, Komitas : Asdvadzadzin Yergnayin (Divine Mother of God), sharagan (hymn) in mode 5
  • Performers: Ani Aznavoorian (Cello); Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano); Ishkhan Bayrakdarian (Percussion); Siroun Kojakian; Marie-Jean Zaatar
  • Conductor: Anna Hamre
  • Notes: First Congregational Church, Fresno, California (08/03/2015-08/07/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Traditional, Armenian : Zgousoutyount Ko (O Pure God Bearer), sharagan (hymn) in Mode 3
  • Performers: Ani Aznavoorian (Cello); Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano); Ishkhan Bayrakdarian (Percussion); Siroun Kojakian; Marie-Jean Zaatar
  • Conductor: Anna Hamre
  • Notes: First Congregational Church, Fresno, California (08/03/2015-08/07/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Shnorhali, Nerses : Aysor Joghovyal (The Saints Are Gathered), sharagan (hymn) in mode 5
  • Performers: Ani Aznavoorian (Cello); Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano); Ishkhan Bayrakdarian (Percussion); Siroun Kojakian; Marie-Jean Zaatar
  • Conductor: Anna Hamre
  • Notes: First Congregational Church, Fresno, California (08/03/2015-08/07/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Areveltsi, Vartan : Antaram Dzaghig (Eternal Flower), sharagan (hymn) in mode 3
  • Performers: Ani Aznavoorian (Cello); Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano); Ishkhan Bayrakdarian (Percussion); Siroun Kojakian; Marie-Jean Zaatar
  • Conductor: Anna Hamre
  • Notes: First Congregational Church, Fresno, California (08/03/2015-08/07/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Traditional, Armenian : Panin Hor (Word of the Father), megheti (hymn)
  • Performers: Ani Aznavoorian (Cello); Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano); Ishkhan Bayrakdarian (Percussion); Siroun Kojakian; Marie-Jean Zaatar
  • Conductor: Anna Hamre
  • Notes: First Congregational Church, Fresno, California (08/03/2015-08/07/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Anonymous, Armenian : Oor ess mayr eem (Where are you, O Mother)
  • Performers: Ani Aznavoorian (Cello); Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano); Ishkhan Bayrakdarian (Percussion); Siroun Kojakian; Marie-Jean Zaatar
  • Conductor: Anna Hamre
  • Notes: First Congregational Church, Fresno, California (08/03/2015-08/07/2015)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance