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Gomidas Songs

Audio Samples

>Vardapet, Komitas : Oror
>Vardapet, Komitas : Gakavi Yerke (Song of the Partridge), song
>Vardapet, Komitas : Manoogneroo Hayr mer (Children's Prayer), song
>Vardapet, Komitas : Work(s)
>     Verginkn ambel e (The Cloudy Sky) / Antsrevn yegav (It' Raining)
>     Alakyaz (Mount Alakyaz) / Khngi dzar (Incense Tree)
>     Hoy Nazan (Oh Nazan) / Shakhgr shookhgr (Jingle-Jangle)
>     Ervoom em (I'm Burning With Love) / Shogher jan (Dear Shogher)
>Vardapet, Komitas : Dzirani Dzar (Apricot Tree), song
>Vardapet, Komitas : Karoun (Spring), for voice & piano
>Vardapet, Komitas : Unabi (Dance of Unabi), song
>Vardapet, Komitas : Shooshigi (Dance of Shooshig), song
>Vardapet, Komitas : Keler tsoler (Striding, Beaming), song
>Vardapet, Komitas : Akh Maral jan (Ah, Dear Maral), song
>Vardapet, Komitas : Kele kele (Strolling), song
>Vardapet, Komitas : Chinar es (Tall as the Poplar Tree), song
>Vardapet, Komitas : Chem grna khagha (I Cannot Dance), song
>Vardapet, Komitas : Voh inch kaghtsr pan (Oh, What a Delight!), song
>Vardapet, Komitas : Groung (The Crane), for voice & piano
>Vardapet, Komitas : Andooni (Without a Home), song
>Vardapet, Komitas : Tsayn door ov dzovag (Call to the Sea), song

Album Summary

>Vardapet, Komitas : Oror
>Vardapet, Komitas : Gakavi Yerke (Song of the Partridge), song
>Vardapet, Komitas : Manoogneroo Hayr mer (Children's Prayer), song
>Vardapet, Komitas : Work(s)
>Vardapet, Komitas : Dzirani Dzar (Apricot Tree), song
>Vardapet, Komitas : Karoun (Spring), for voice & piano
>Vardapet, Komitas : Unabi (Dance of Unabi), song
>Vardapet, Komitas : Shooshigi (Dance of Shooshig), song
>Vardapet, Komitas : Keler tsoler (Striding, Beaming), song
>Vardapet, Komitas : Akh Maral jan (Ah, Dear Maral), song
>Vardapet, Komitas : Kele kele (Strolling), song
>Vardapet, Komitas : Chinar es (Tall as the Poplar Tree), song
>Vardapet, Komitas : Chem grna khagha (I Cannot Dance), song
>Vardapet, Komitas : Voh inch kaghtsr pan (Oh, What a Delight!), song
>Vardapet, Komitas : Groung (The Crane), for voice & piano
>Vardapet, Komitas : Andooni (Without a Home), song
>Vardapet, Komitas : Tsayn door ov dzovag (Call to the Sea), song
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Notes & Reviews:

Although the pieces performed here by the internationally acclaimed, Canadian-based soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian are sung entirely in Armenian, these songs cast a powerful spell long before their literal meaning has been gleaned. Bayrakdarian - born in Lebanon, the daughter of Armenian parents - explores the extraordinary legacy of Gomidas Vardabet, a well-travelled, turn-of-the-nineteenth-century composer who made it his life's work to seek out, transcribe and re-interpret the ancient liturgy, songs, lullabies, hymns and folk dances of his homeland. His work would have been remarkable under any circumstances, but it has become all the more significant in light of the Armenian genocide of 1915, which left him emotionally devastated and put an end to his life as a composer. Bayrakdarian performed Gomidas's music as part of the score to Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan's 2002 Ararat, a multi-layered drama about contemporary filmmakers attempting to dramatize and come to terms with the events of 1915. However, mainstream moviegoers will more readily recognize her voice from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Composer Howard Shore invited Bayrakdarian to sing on the Grammy Award-winning soundtrack after hearing one of her recordings. She's even more renowned among opera fans the world over, especially for her performances, on stage and on record, as Cleopatra in Handel's Giulio Cesare and in such Mozart works as Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute. Her voice, says Time, 'Combines lyricism with remarkable dramatic instincts.' Bayrakdarian made her Metropolitan Opera debut in William Bolcom's A View from the Bridge. Gomidas Songs contains love songs, devotional songs, evocations of nature, children's songs, and lamentations, and comic songs. It was recorded at the Aram Khachaturian Philharmonic Hall in Yerevan, Armenia with the Chamber Players of the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra. All the songs were arranged and orchestrated by scholar and pianist Serouj Kradjian, her concert partner and husband. Egoyan contributes eloquent liner notes to the album package, illustrating the importance of Bayrakdarian's undertaking to music lovers everywhere: 'The strength of any culture resides in its ability to preserve, cherish, reinvent and grow. This was the gift that Gomidas gave to his people, and this is the gift which Isabel has revealed and brought to the world.'

"Isabel Bayrakdarian, who seems unable to do anything wrong, brings her immense talents to this album and makes it a joy from first to last. She is delightfully varied in her approach, now sweet and childlike, now powerful and grand, but always the consummate professional. Much as she contributes to the success of the album, credit must be shared by Eduard Topchjan and the members of the Armenian Philharmonic, whose contributions are hears in attractive arrangements by Serouj Kradjian. The sound is clear..."-American Record Guide

Notes & Reviews:

This album was nominated for the 2008 Grammy Award for "Best Classical Vocal Performance."

Personnel: Gevorg Gharabekyan (violin); Karen Kocharyan (cello); Gevorg Dabaghyan (duduk); Vyacheslav Manucharyan (clarinet); Serouj Kradjian (piano); Karen Khachatryan (double bass); Chamber Players of the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra.

Accomplished Armenian-Canadian soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian pays homage to her Armenian heritage with GOMIDAS SONGS. Interpreting the works of the 19th-century composer Gomidas Vardabet, Bayrakdarian wields her voice like a painter's brush: utilizing tonal color, intensity, and deep emotion, she revitalizes Vardabet's collection of Armenian hymns, lullabies, and folk songs. Known for her work in opera as well as the film score for THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS, Bayrakdarian offers a unique and heartfelt impression of the Old World with GOMIDAS SONGS.



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Works Details

>Vardapet, Komitas : Oror
  • Performers: Gevorg Gharabekyan (Violin); Karen Kocharyan (Cello); Serouj Kradjian (Piano); Vyacheslav Manucharyan (Clarinet); Karen Khachaturian (Double Bass); Gevorg Dabaghyan (Duduk); Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Eduard Topchjan
  • Notes: Aram Khachaturian Philharmonic Hall, Yerevan, Armenia (08/28/2005/08/29/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Vardapet, Komitas : Gakavi Yerke (Song of the Partridge), song
  • Performers: Gevorg Gharabekyan (Violin); Karen Kocharyan (Cello); Serouj Kradjian (Piano); Vyacheslav Manucharyan (Clarinet); Karen Khachaturian (Double Bass); Gevorg Dabaghyan (Duduk); Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Eduard Topchjan
  • Notes: Aram Khachaturian Philharmonic Hall, Yerevan, Armenia (08/28/2005/08/29/2005)
  • Period Time: Modern

>Vardapet, Komitas : Manoogneroo Hayr mer (Children's Prayer), song
  • Performers: Gevorg Gharabekyan (Violin); Karen Kocharyan (Cello); Serouj Kradjian (Piano); Vyacheslav Manucharyan (Clarinet); Karen Khachaturian (Double Bass); Gevorg Dabaghyan (Duduk); Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Eduard Topchjan
  • Notes: Aram Khachaturian Philharmonic Hall, Yerevan, Armenia (08/28/2005/08/29/2005)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Vardapet, Komitas : Work(s) :: Verginkn ambel e (The Cloudy Sky) / Antsrevn yegav (It' Raining)
  • Performers: Gevorg Gharabekyan (Violin); Karen Kocharyan (Cello); Serouj Kradjian (Piano); Vyacheslav Manucharyan (Clarinet); Karen Khachaturian (Double Bass); Gevorg Dabaghyan (Duduk); Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Eduard Topchjan
  • Notes: Aram Khachaturian Philharmonic Hall, Yerevan, Armenia (08/28/2005/08/29/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Vardapet, Komitas : Dzirani Dzar (Apricot Tree), song
  • Performers: Gevorg Gharabekyan (Violin); Karen Kocharyan (Cello); Serouj Kradjian (Piano); Vyacheslav Manucharyan (Clarinet); Karen Khachaturian (Double Bass); Gevorg Dabaghyan (Duduk); Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Eduard Topchjan
  • Notes: Aram Khachaturian Philharmonic Hall, Yerevan, Armenia (08/28/2005/08/29/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Vardapet, Komitas : Karoun (Spring), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Gevorg Gharabekyan (Violin); Karen Kocharyan (Cello); Serouj Kradjian (Piano); Vyacheslav Manucharyan (Clarinet); Karen Khachaturian (Double Bass); Gevorg Dabaghyan (Duduk); Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Eduard Topchjan
  • Notes: Aram Khachaturian Philharmonic Hall, Yerevan, Armenia (08/28/2005/08/29/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Vardapet, Komitas : Work(s) :: Alakyaz (Mount Alakyaz) / Khngi dzar (Incense Tree)
  • Performers: Gevorg Gharabekyan (Violin); Karen Kocharyan (Cello); Serouj Kradjian (Piano); Vyacheslav Manucharyan (Clarinet); Karen Khachaturian (Double Bass); Gevorg Dabaghyan (Duduk); Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Eduard Topchjan
  • Notes: Aram Khachaturian Philharmonic Hall, Yerevan, Armenia (08/28/2005/08/29/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Vardapet, Komitas : Unabi (Dance of Unabi), song
  • Performers: Serouj Kradjian (Piano); Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano)
  • Notes: Aram Khachaturian Philharmonic Hall, Yerevan, Armenia (08/28/2005/08/29/2005)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Vardapet, Komitas : Shooshigi (Dance of Shooshig), song
  • Performers: Serouj Kradjian (Piano); Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano)
  • Notes: Aram Khachaturian Philharmonic Hall, Yerevan, Armenia (08/28/2005/08/29/2005)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Vardapet, Komitas : Keler tsoler (Striding, Beaming), song
  • Performers: Gevorg Gharabekyan (Violin); Karen Kocharyan (Cello); Serouj Kradjian (Piano); Vyacheslav Manucharyan (Clarinet); Karen Khachaturian (Double Bass); Gevorg Dabaghyan (Duduk); Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Eduard Topchjan
  • Notes: Aram Khachaturian Philharmonic Hall, Yerevan, Armenia (08/28/2005/08/29/2005)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Vardapet, Komitas : Work(s) :: Hoy Nazan (Oh Nazan) / Shakhgr shookhgr (Jingle-Jangle)
  • Performers: Gevorg Gharabekyan (Violin); Karen Kocharyan (Cello); Serouj Kradjian (Piano); Vyacheslav Manucharyan (Clarinet); Karen Khachaturian (Double Bass); Gevorg Dabaghyan (Duduk); Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Eduard Topchjan
  • Notes: Aram Khachaturian Philharmonic Hall, Yerevan, Armenia (08/28/2005/08/29/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Vardapet, Komitas : Akh Maral jan (Ah, Dear Maral), song
  • Performers: Gevorg Gharabekyan (Violin); Karen Kocharyan (Cello); Serouj Kradjian (Piano); Vyacheslav Manucharyan (Clarinet); Karen Khachaturian (Double Bass); Gevorg Dabaghyan (Duduk); Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Eduard Topchjan
  • Notes: Aram Khachaturian Philharmonic Hall, Yerevan, Armenia (08/28/2005/08/29/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Vardapet, Komitas : Kele kele (Strolling), song
  • Performers: Gevorg Gharabekyan (Violin); Karen Kocharyan (Cello); Serouj Kradjian (Piano); Vyacheslav Manucharyan (Clarinet); Karen Khachaturian (Double Bass); Gevorg Dabaghyan (Duduk); Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Eduard Topchjan
  • Notes: Aram Khachaturian Philharmonic Hall, Yerevan, Armenia (08/28/2005/08/29/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Vardapet, Komitas : Chinar es (Tall as the Poplar Tree), song
  • Performers: Gevorg Gharabekyan (Violin); Karen Kocharyan (Cello); Serouj Kradjian (Piano); Vyacheslav Manucharyan (Clarinet); Karen Khachaturian (Double Bass); Gevorg Dabaghyan (Duduk); Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Eduard Topchjan
  • Notes: Aram Khachaturian Philharmonic Hall, Yerevan, Armenia (08/28/2005/08/29/2005)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Vardapet, Komitas : Chem grna khagha (I Cannot Dance), song
  • Performers: Gevorg Gharabekyan (Violin); Karen Kocharyan (Cello); Serouj Kradjian (Piano); Vyacheslav Manucharyan (Clarinet); Karen Khachaturian (Double Bass); Gevorg Dabaghyan (Duduk); Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Eduard Topchjan
  • Notes: Aram Khachaturian Philharmonic Hall, Yerevan, Armenia (08/28/2005/08/29/2005)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Vardapet, Komitas : Work(s) :: Ervoom em (I'm Burning With Love) / Shogher jan (Dear Shogher)
  • Performers: Gevorg Gharabekyan (Violin); Karen Kocharyan (Cello); Serouj Kradjian (Piano); Vyacheslav Manucharyan (Clarinet); Karen Khachaturian (Double Bass); Gevorg Dabaghyan (Duduk); Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Eduard Topchjan
  • Notes: Aram Khachaturian Philharmonic Hall, Yerevan, Armenia (08/28/2005/08/29/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Vardapet, Komitas : Voh inch kaghtsr pan (Oh, What a Delight!), song
  • Performers: Gevorg Gharabekyan (Violin); Karen Kocharyan (Cello); Serouj Kradjian (Piano); Vyacheslav Manucharyan (Clarinet); Karen Khachaturian (Double Bass); Gevorg Dabaghyan (Duduk); Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Eduard Topchjan
  • Notes: Aram Khachaturian Philharmonic Hall, Yerevan, Armenia (08/28/2005/08/29/2005)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Vardapet, Komitas : Groung (The Crane), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Gevorg Gharabekyan (Violin); Karen Kocharyan (Cello); Serouj Kradjian (Piano); Vyacheslav Manucharyan (Clarinet); Karen Khachaturian (Double Bass); Gevorg Dabaghyan (Duduk); Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Eduard Topchjan
  • Notes: Aram Khachaturian Philharmonic Hall, Yerevan, Armenia (08/28/2005/08/29/2005)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Vardapet, Komitas : Andooni (Without a Home), song
  • Performers: Gevorg Gharabekyan (Violin); Karen Kocharyan (Cello); Serouj Kradjian (Piano); Vyacheslav Manucharyan (Clarinet); Karen Khachaturian (Double Bass); Gevorg Dabaghyan (Duduk); Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Eduard Topchjan
  • Notes: Aram Khachaturian Philharmonic Hall, Yerevan, Armenia (08/28/2005/08/29/2005)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Vardapet, Komitas : Tsayn door ov dzovag (Call to the Sea), song
  • Performers: Gevorg Gharabekyan (Violin); Karen Kocharyan (Cello); Serouj Kradjian (Piano); Vyacheslav Manucharyan (Clarinet); Karen Khachaturian (Double Bass); Gevorg Dabaghyan (Duduk); Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Eduard Topchjan
  • Notes: Aram Khachaturian Philharmonic Hall, Yerevan, Armenia (08/28/2005/08/29/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern